There is a beautiful creature living in a hole you have dug, so at night I set fruit and grains and little pots of wine and milk beside your soft earthen mounds, and I often sing to you, but still, my dear, you do not come out. I have fallen in love with someone who is hiding inside of you. We should talk about this problem, otherwise I will never leave you alone! from Love Poems from God. Published by Penguin Compass. Copyright © 2002 by Daniel Ladinsky, Ed.
I love the playfulness in Hafiz, especially as translated by Daniel Ladinsky. There’s always a sense of longing in his poems, an affirmation of our desire for connection, which in itself is a lament. However, as in the poems of the Psalter, Hafiz always offers a hopeful reassurance of our belovedness.