perfume floats on a warm spring breeze
thoughts of love blossom
Kim M. Russell, 2017
Portrait of a Woman, Mughal, c1640, image found on Pinterest
My response to Carpe Diem #1176 Theme Week Hafiz (2) lover
On the second day of the Theme Week for this month, we are exploring the beauty of Persian (Iranian) poetry, and Hafiz plays the ‘leading role’. Chèvrefeuille explains that the title of this episode, ‘lover’ has been taken from a Hafiz’s poem ‘Let Thought Become Your Beautiful Lover’, in which he describes the meaning of prayer through the idea of a beautiful woman.
Let Thought Become Your Beautiful Lover
Let thought become the beautiful Woman.
Cultivate your mind and heart to that depth
That it can give you everything
A warm body can.
Why just keep making love with God’s child–
When the Friend Himself is standing
Let prayer become your beautiful Lover
And become free,
Become free of this whole world
© Hafiz, taken from The Gift, translated by Daniel Ladinsky