Hafiz of Shiraz

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the Astonishing Light of your own Being!”

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
You owe me.”

One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”

What happens
With a love like that
It lights the whole sky”

“This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.”

“Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly
Let it cut more deep
Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft
My voice
So tender
My need of God

Shamsedin-Mohammad Hafez Shirazi (1325/26–1389/90) was a Persian lyric poet Sufi mystic who incorporated elements of Sufism into his verses.  The state of God-Realisation is symbolised through union with a Beloved, and drinking the wine of spiritual love.  He specialized in the Ghazal or Sonnet an eight to fifteen verses joint in meaning by a kind of symbolic inspiration and in style by the same melody. Each verse has two parts. In Ghazal, the second parts of all verses share the same ending word or sylab. There is little factual information available about his life.