a diamond’s sparkle
born out of ancient starlight
hardest stone on Earth

Kim M. Russell, 2017


Image found on newscientist.com

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, March 8th 2017, a Persian poem to inspire you

Chèvrefeuille has recently discovered the beauty of Persian poetry, so this week he has challenged us to create a haiku inspired (or distilled) from a poem by Hafiz:

The Diamond Takes Shape

Some parrots
Have become so skilled with
The human voice
They could give a brilliant discourse
About freedom and God

And an unsighted man nearby might
Even begin applauding with
The thought:
I just heard jewels fall from a
Great saint’s mouth,
Though my Master used to say,

“The diamond takes shape slowly
With integrity’s great force,
And from
The profound courage to never relinquish love.”

Some parrots have become so skilled
With words,
The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged

© Hafiz (14th century)
(From: The Gift, poetry by Hafiz. Tr. Daniel Ladinsky)

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