Join Me in the Pure Atmosphere

I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this

Amazed soul I have.

I am like a magnificent, magic ocean turtle

Who sets aside his vast wings of

Blue effulgence

When I crawl upon your shores

To leave my divine seed of verse.

Let me remain cryptic tonight

All the way till dawn

As I orbit God

In this holy, ecstatic mood.

Grab hold of the corners

Of my luminous, tender shell

And I will whirl for you,

For I am covered with eminent crystals

That I have gathered from the infinite depths

Of love.

Follow my tracks in the sand that lead

Beyond thought and space,

For I can see deep down

That you are really a golden bird

That needs to


With your spirit enraptured and ascending

On the currents of Light –

On the currents of His


Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs or fins

In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude

For life.

I slip in and out of the Moon each night

With a gracious ease

With this brilliant heart I have.

The Beautiful Friend, the Exquisite One,

Sometimes steps from His Invisible Body

And walks upon our shore

So that we might see and know

His radiant Tender Shell-

His eminent crowns

That are the three worlds.

O grab hold of the hem of His skirt

As He spins this Universe on an emerald

Dance floor!

Cling to the Transcendent Elements in His glance

As the Beloved forever whirls

His Love.


Slips in and out of God at night

Tied to his own amazed




From: ‘The Subject Tonight is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky. Copyright © 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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