Oh My!

I don’t have a whole lot of poetry on the site as yet, and as I was reading this morning I came across this lovely, cheeky piece by the Persian poet Hafiz. It made me smile and I hope it will make you smile too.

Sometimes I Say to a Poem

Sometimes I say to a poem,

“Not now,

Can’t you see I am bathing!”

But the poem usually doesn’t care

And quips,

“Too bad Hafiz,

No getting lazy –

You promised God you would help out

And He just came up with this

New tune.”

Sometimes I say to a poem,

“I don’t have the strength

To wring out another drop

Of the Sun.”

And the poem will often


By climbing onto a barroom table;

Then lift its skirt, winks,

Causing the whole sky to



– Hafiz

Translation by Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift; Poems by Hafiz the great Sufi master. Penguin Group, 1999.