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  • Writer's pictureKirsty Macdonald

Friday Poem: 'I Am Full of Love Tonight', by Hafiz

Poetry connects to a non-linear place inside. It can open your mind and your heart, beyond conscious comprehension, allowing a deeper wisdom to emerge. Enjoy this offering from the 14th century Persian poet, Hafiz.

I am full of love tonight Come look into my eyes, and let’s go off Sailing, my dear, on a long ocean ride.

This world will not touch you, I will keep you snug upon my seat.

Let’s plot To make the moon jealous With a radiance leaping from your cheek.

I will be full of love tonight, Come look into these ancient eyes!

And let’s go off sailing, my dear, With our spirits intertwined.

Your body is just an old sandbar In a speeding hourglass of time.

Love will turn the mouth of sorrow Right side up.

Let your heart commence its destined Laughing chime!

Hafiz will be brimful of love tonight, Why ever be shy?

Come look into the playful eyes of my verse, They are eternally branded,

Branded with The Sun!

Taken from The Gift: Poems by Hafiz Translation by Daniel Ladinsky


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