Dear friends of MLMM,
Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … Recently I discovered the beauty of Persian (nowadays Iranian) poetry through an article I read. I wonder if you know how beautiful the poetry is of Persia. Maybe you know Rumi or Hafiz, both are renown Persian poets and every Iranian can recite for example the poems by Hafiz. The Iranian people lives in symbiosis with the poetry of Hafiz and they even use his poems to get answers on questions they have.
This week I love to challenge you to create a haiku inspired (or distilled) from a poem by Hafiz.
The Diamond Takes Shape
Have become so skilled with
The human voice
They could give a brilliant discourse
About freedom and God
And an unsighted man nearby might
Even begin applauding with
I just heard jewels fall from a
Great saint’s mouth,
Though my Master used to say,
“The diamond takes shape slowly
With integrity’s great force,
The profound courage to never relinquish love.”
Some parrots have become so skilled
The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged
© Hafiz (14th century)
(From: The Gift, poetry by Hafiz. Tr. Daniel Ladinsky)
I hope I have inspired you to create your poetry, your haiku. I am looking forward to your responses.
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