I think I just want to be sad today

On sad by Hafiz

I think I just want to be sad today, the way many
are in this world. True, God rides in my pocket,
as He does in yours.

Yes, I could lift Him out and look upon various
realms of light and know great happiness. Maybe
I will do that tomorrow.

The ocean has moods. Have you not seen how its
colour can change, and the waves’ force and heights
can differ?

 

photo Rose Cook

Hafiz: Becoming Human

Once a man came to me and spoke for hours about the great visions of God, he felt he was having.

He asked me for confirmation, saying ‘Are these wondrous dreams true?’

I replied, ‘How many goats do you have?’

He looked surprised and said, ‘I am speaking of sublime visions and you ask about goats?’

And I spoke again, saying, ‘Yes brother — how many do you have?’

‘Well, Hafiz, I have sixty two.’

‘And how many wives?’

Again he looked surprised, then said, ‘Four.’

‘How many rose bushes in your garden? How many children? Are your parents still alive? Do you feed the birds in winter?’

And to all he answered.

Then I said, ‘You asked me if I thought your visions were true. I would say that they were if they made you become more human, more kind to every creature and plant that you know.’

 

                   photo Rose Cook