on the window sill
there are buds on the orchid
the herbs look greener
each watering reminds them
the spring garden is awake

Kim M. Russell, 2017


My response to Carpe Diem #1175 Theme Week Hafiz (1) potted plant

This is the first episode of the Theme Week (new style), in which Chèvrefeuille will bring a week of specific prompts, sharing only poems by Hafiz.

The first poem for the Theme Week has been taken from The Subject Tonight Is Love, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

A Potted Plant

I pull a sun from my coin purse each day.

And at night I let my pet the moon
Run freely into the sky meadow.

If I whistled,
She would turn her head and look at me.

If I then waved my arms,
She would come back wagging a marvelous
Of stars.

There are always a few men like me
In this world

Who are house-sitting for God.
We share His royal duties:

I water each day a favorite potted plant
Of His–
This earth.

Ask the Friend for love.
Ask Him again.

For I have learned that every heart will get
What it prays for


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