by Hafiz
14th century Persian poet


Forgiveness is the cash you need.

All the other kinds of silver really buy just strange things.

Everything has its music.

Everything has genes of God inside.

But learn from those courageous addicted lovers

of glands and opium and gold —

Look, they cannot jump high or laugh long

when they are whirling.

And the moon and the stars become sad

when their tender light is used for night wars.

Forgiveness is part of the treasure you need

to craft your falcon wings

And return to your true realm

of Divine freedom.


~Hafiz, in The Subject Tonight is Love, translated by Daniel Ladinsky