Thursday, November 8, 2007


While going through my many posts from 360 looking for one in particular, I ran across a post where I quoted Hafiz, the Persian Poet from the 1300's. I love all things Persian and the culture and food have had me captivated since I was a young girl from my step dad and his family and friends.

Hafiz Shiraz was left in debt with his mother when his father died. He lefto school to work in a bakery. when he was delivering bread in the rich section of town, he fell in love with the most beautiful woman he laid his eyes upon and begin writing poetry for her.

Though he married another, he lived his life dreaming and writing poetry for his true love.

He became quite famous in his 20's and 30's for his spiritually romantic poetry. I guess that is another thing i find so fascinating about Persians is how deeply rooted they are to their spirituality. They are not all the terrorist radicals the media makes them out to be...for the most part they are protective of what is theirs and passionate about their spirituality.

Kind of like how my people were. well, we are still deeply rooted in our spirituality and protective, I guess. The reporters that came down thsi summer had no idea we were so "into" our religion in this day and age. I guess it amazes me that it survived even throught the whole time it was banned up until 1978.

Anyway Hafiz has over 500 ghazals which I love going through. to this day the ghazals are still used to give guidance to our questions and to give direction to our wishes.

Anyway this is the one I saw today on my old 360, that I posted back in September of 2005. To this day I still look at it in amazement and just love love it.

O pious of the heart, I am lost in a love, so great

O pain the hidden secrets will become open debate.

Shipwrecked we just float, O favorable wind arise

May we one more time gaze upon the familiar trait.

Passage of time and the stars, are but what we fantasize

For compassion and kindness, it is never too late.


*note-that is only part of a ghazal, I don't remember which.

For more on Hafiz got to

( not the blog i planned today but i don't want to move 750 blogs all at once)


Mike S said...

Great post. As one who spent much time there and loved the culture and people, I find it disheartening to hear them so grossly maligned by those who have wreaked such havoc on our own country. The poetry and prose is so melodic in Farsi.

Dana Dane said...

i love the Farsi language, love the culture and hope to go there someday. I have fiends there, my step dad...oh i just can't wait.

Dana Dane said...

The music and food are awesoem also