she is scented smoke
curling across hot rooftops
petals wide open
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to Carpe Diem #1166 Nightflower
Today Chèvrefeuille has shared with us a poem by Hafez (or Hafiz), whose poems every Iranian can recite, often using them to find an answer to a burning question. Hafez was a Sufi poet who, together with many Sufi masters, used wine as the symbol for love; the intoxication that results from both is why it is such a fitting comparison. The poem is entitled ‘all the hemispheres’, taken from The Subject Tonight is Love, tr. Daniel Ladinsky.
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of