Sunday, May 5, 2013

Persian Poetry Sunday

The past couple of weeks I've chosen poems by Omar Khayyam for Sunday's post, but this week I chose the beloved fourteenth century poet Hafez. Hafez has a special place in every Iranian's heart, and his wisdom is sought as a kind of divine guidance when confronted with a difficult decision or choice.

I chose this poem using the same method Iranians use when they consult the great master: Close your eyes, ask a question, open his book at random, read and interpret the poem. This is called Fale Hafez, Hafez's divination. If there were fortune cookies in Iran, they would contain verses from Hafez.

Divine guidance from the Sufi master indeed! I hope you enjoy it.

What do sad people have in common?
It seems they have all built a shrine to the past
and often go there 
and do a strange wail and worship.

What is the beginning of happiness?
It is to stop being so religious


  1. do you have the original Farsi for this poem? I love it <3

    1. Unfortunately I don't. I'll look around and see if I can come up with it!


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