Monday, November 4, 2013

A Man Married To a Blind Woman

A Man Married To a Blind Woman

A man married to a blind woman told her how
beautiful she was every day. And whenever he said
that, she smiled, and her whole body relaxed.

They lived alone at a small remote oasis where
few ever stopped. And whenever someone did he
made sure that no one ever saw his wife,

for a person could openly gasp at her appearance
because she was deformed.

Her husband’s voice and that of her sister, who
would visit a few times a year, were the only
ones she really knew. And she loved her simple
life on the little farm they had.

Appearance, and our relationship, you should
know the truth of those by now: 

If you woke next to me on any day, I would say
to you what he so often did.

My dear, you are so beautiful.

             This is a beautiful poem. It is probably one that many women need to read, with the ever-increasing pressure to present with good looks. Hafiz is so eloquent in saying that Love is so much more. I’ve always been a fan of the compilation “The True Meaning of Love” and I would like to find out who the author actually is.

             I want everyone to take solace in this wonderful line by Kabir (another Sufi poet): “If a mirror ever makes you sad, you should know that it does not know you.”

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