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A love like that...


Sara just introduced me to this quotation (and through it, the poet Hafiz)...it is one of the most wonderful things I have ever read. Imagine if our hearts were filled with a love like that...how wondrous that would be. Our hearts would shine with the radiance of the sun, lighting the lives of all those we touch as we travel along our life's journey. Just imagine...

My heart also smiles to see the two little friends standing in front of the mural. My own best friend recently said to me:

"I always sense your presence whenever you are near and even when you are not ... you are a part of my reality."
I think friendship embodies the spirit of Hafiz' words..true friendship is a love that lights the whole sky. ♥

Comments (14)

Barb Cabot:

So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this lovely quote.


Barb, I knew you would love this!

I just recently read another great poem by Hafiz - Cast All Your Votes for Dancing (I think that's the title). The link is on my other computer so I'll check when I get home - it's such a great poem! Love this one Sara found too.


Annie, I'd love to read that one! I hadn't heard of Hafiz before Sara sent me the above. I am going to check the library and see if they have any of his works.

Here you go and let me know if you find any books. There's a great (and funny) simile in this poem (I think you'll know which one!).

Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way
And even bloom!

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions' beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel.

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring freedom
And Love.

Whenever you say God's name, dear pilgrim,
My ears wish my head was missing
So they could finally kiss each other
And applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

O keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions' beautiful laughter

And from the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one,
Be wise.
Cast all your votes for Dancing!

~ Hafiz ~


Sara says "I'll drag YOU behind a farting camel"...as she and M sit here roaring with laughter!!

Thanks Annie, for the laugh and for the rest of this absolutely wonderful poem! LOVE the lines:
"O keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions' beautiful laughter"

Listening to my daughters, I'm drenched in the Sun from my companions' beautiful laughter!

Isn't that just the best line? Cracks me up! I think we all know what it's like to be behind that camel!

I love the title of this poem too. :)

Love the quote and also the poem posted by Annie. Thank you (and thanks to Sara, too!) for introducing me to the poet Hafiz and for the big belly laugh I had when reading about farting camels. ;)


Annie, dancing definitely gets my vote - it's much more fun than dragging behind a farting camel! lol

Maria, isn't Hafiz wonderful? Takes talent to join belly laughs and moving words of joy and inspiration into one moving poem!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, I had not heard of the poet Hafiz too. I really liked reading the poem that Sara introduced to you and I also like the poem that Annie likes too! Very cute and the farting camels line gave me a giggle too! :)

Have a great weekend!


What a wonderful quote and picture, Anne (I love those little ones, too!)

And Annie's poem is great, I'm going to have to read more of Hafiz!


Kathy, pretty sure I'll never again think of camels without giggling! :) So glad Sara and Annie shared these wonderful poems.

Sandra, I'm hoping to find a collection of Hafiz work. I too want to read more of his wonderful poetry. Reminds me of Kahlil Gibran, whose writing really speaks to my heart and soul.

quite lovely. thank you for a great morning thought - a benediction to all friendships. menehune


welcome, menehune :) Friendship is one of life's greatest blessings, that's for sure!

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