I Saw Two Birds

I Saw Two Birds
by Hafiz
as translated by Daniel Ladinsky

  • Both of our mouths
    Can fit upon this flute I carry.

    My music will sound
    So much sweeter that way.

    With your breath and my breath
    Poking each other in the ribs
    And kissing.

    I saw two birds on a limb this morning
    Laughing with the sun.
    They reminded me of how
    We will one day exist.

    My dear,
    Keep thinking about God,
    Keep thinking about the Beloved
    And soon our nest will be the
    Whole firmament.

    Forget about all your desires for truth,
    We have gone far beyond that,
    For now it is just –
    Pure need.

    Both our hearts are meant to sing.
    Both our souls are destined to touch
    And kiss.

    Upon this holy flute
    God carries.

    From The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master
    © Daniel Ladinsky


    1. Tim says:

      Simply Beautiful.

    2. Tim says:

      PS You should read for all of the poems! Your voice is perfect for it!!!

      • Jes says:

        Thanks! I may end up having to read more as some of my reading recruits are being a bit bashful about their recordings. But we’ll get there. 🙂

    3. Websites are a planet I rarely visit. But seems I somehow landed here … the scent of Hafiz brought me, or some sounds from that flute. Indeed, let us sing … and laugh.

      Thanks for sharing my work. Thanks.
      Daniel Ladinsky

      • Jes says:

        Hi Daniel, I’m so happy you stumbled upon my site. I love your work and have many of your books. I was introduced to your translations in a workshop held by Janet Conner. I keep your books by my bed as nightly inspiration. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with the world!

      • elice says:

        Yesterday, I walked through the house calling Daniel “where are you”, I had misplaced my daily vitamin of Hafiz.
        Today, I was compelled, to find some recent news about you.
        I almost gave up, even though I had enjoyed, the bit from you about you being the worlds most famous poet.
        Ah! but here I heard you answer, “I am here”, I needed that.
        Amazingly wonderful how Hafiz is so alive today, and so is His contemporary mouthpiece.
        40 years of intimacy with my spiritual teacher.
        Always knew the anniversary year would be spectacular.
        Have in inner satsang had beautiful poetry come through.
        Now, this month I have started to write one down a day.
        Perhaps that also fueled my desire to reach out and send you my gratitude.
        Living in solitude, in spectacular nature in New Zealand, I send you
        endless love,

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