Friday, November 8, 2013

I Saw You Dancing

I Saw You Dancing

I saw you dancing last night on the roof
of your house all alone.

I felt your heart longing for the

I saw you whirling
beneath the soft bright rose
that hung from an invisible stem
in the sky,

So I began to change into my best clothes
in hopes of joining you.

Even though
I live a thousand miles away.

And if
you had spun like an immaculate sphere
just two more times,

Then bowed again so sweetly to
the east,

You would have found God and me
standing so near
and lifting you
into our arms.

I saw you dancing last night near the roof
of this world.

I want this yearning and intimacy that Hafiz speaks of. This entire poem is so beautiful. What a wonderful idea that two people can be so close, despite the distance of one thousand miles. There has never been an easy way to describe love, in part because it can astound you. Hafiz feels for the object of his affection so strongly despite the distance. That is incredibly astounding. 

The last line of this poem gets me every time: I saw you dancing near the roof of this world. That could mean so many things. Moreover, would you join him/her? 

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favorites of Hafiz... Most of his poems crack me open to the light and make me want to jump in that pocket with our Beloved and stay there (Which of course once I have that thought of "more" & "stay" the opening is lost and I am left gasping.) But this one in particular catches me visually as well as viscerally. Of course I would join my Beloved on the rooftop of this world or any world, who wouldn't?