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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, March 8th 2017, a Persian poem to inspire you

Persian Art

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.

hafiz

The Diamond Takes Shape

Some parrots
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
The thought:
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,
And from
The profound courage to never relinquish love.”

Some parrots have become so skilled
With words,
The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged
Feathers.

© 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.

Have fun!

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About Chèvrefeuille

I am a Dutch haiku poet. And I am the owner and host of the weblog "Carpe Diem, a daily haiku meme" on Blogger (or Blogspot). I am writing haiku since the late eighties and in 2005 I became an international known haiku poet and in 2011 ten of my haiku were included in a worldwide anthology "Spasms of Light". With that anthology I became an even more known haiku poet. In October 2012 I started my daily haiku meme.

6 comments on “Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, March 8th 2017, a Persian poem to inspire you

  1. Sangbad
    March 8, 2017

    it’s a challenging one…thanks for this challenge…meet you soon through my attempt…

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  4. julespaige
    March 10, 2017

    I did two haiku…one being ‘found poetry’
    give and take / see through

  5. Cheryl-Lynn
    March 11, 2017

    Reblogged this on Tournesol dans un jardin.

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