A Poem from Hafiz


A day of silence 

Can be a pilgrimage in itself.

A Day of Silence

Can help you listen

To the Soul play

Its marvellous lute and drum.

Is not most talking

A crazed defence of a crumbling fort?

I thought we came here

To surrender to Silence,

To yield to Light and Happiness,

To Dance within

In celebration of Love’s Victory!

translated by  Daniel Ladinsky