Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | August 13, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Now is the Time

by Shams al-Din Hafiz (ca. 1320-1390).

Now is the Time

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.

Now is the time to understand                                            5
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
With veracity                                                                   10
And love.

Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a holy message upon.

My dear, please tell me,                                                    15
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
And God?

What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?                                                    20

Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time for you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.                                                                        25

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.

(Transl. by Daniel Ladinsky)

Notes:
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/bashiri/Poets/Hafiz.html
http://www.openlearningcenter.com/Library/?topic=1532046364


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