They Call to You to Sing
“Stones are longing for what you know.
If they had the graceful movements
Of your feet and tongue,
They would not stop laughing
Between their ecstatic dance steps and unbroken praise.
Your heart beats inside a sacred drum,
Its skin is tanned and stretched-
Our skin is live and stretched-
With the wild molecules of His Wondrous Existence.
Your mind and eyes are an immense silk cloth
Upon which all your thoughts and movements paint.
Your soul once sat on an easel on my knee.
For ages I have been sketching you
With myriad shapes of sound and light;
Now awake, dear pilgrim,
With your thousand swaying arms
That need to caress the Sky.
Now awake with your love for the Friend and Creation,
Help this Old Tavern Sweeper, Hafiz,
No more enemies from this golden view-
All who have entered this holy mountain cave
Have dropped their shields and swords.”
We all cook together around a fire
Our yearning music builds.
We share our tools and instruments and plates;
We are companions on this earth
As the sun and planets are in the sky.
We are all sentries at our sacred humble posts.
The stones and stars envy the movements
Of your legs and tongue
And call to you to sing on their behalf.” -Hafiz