kiss God

When no one is looking,
I swallow deserts and clouds
and chew on mountains
knowing they are sweet bones!


When no one is looking
and I want to kiss God,
I just lift my own hand to my mouth.

― شمس الدین محمد حافظ / 
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez, 
(1325 – 1389 )

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The Glow of Your Presence

Where have you taken your sweet song?
Come back and play me a tune.

 I never really cared for the things of this world.
It was the glow of your presence
that filled it with beauty.

― شمس الدین محمد حافظ / 
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez, 
(1325 – 1389 )

English version by David and Sabrineh Fideler
Original Language Persian/Farsi