Several Times in the Last Week

Ever since Happiness heard your name

It has been running through the streets

Trying to find you.

And several times in the last week,

God Himself has even come to my door-

Asking me for your address!

Once I said,

‘God,

I thought You knew everything.

Why are You asking me

Where Your lovers live?’

And the Beloved replied,

Indeed, Hafiz, I do know Everything -

But it is fun playing dumb once in a while.

And I love intimate chat

And the warmth of your heart’s fire.

Maybe we should make this poem into a song-

I think it has potential!

How far does this refrain sound,

For I know it is a Truth:

Ever since Happiness heard your name,

It has been running through the streets

Trying to find you.

And several times in the last week,

God Himself has come to my door-

So sweetly asking for your address,

Wanting the beautiful warmth of your heart’s fire.

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From: ‘I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz: by Daniel Ladinsky.

Copyright © 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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