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With A Love Like That

‘A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.’ said Robert Frost

‘Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth
“You owe me”
Look what happens with a love like that
It lights the whole sky’

These beautiful words were often but wrongly attibuted to the 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz (Hafez). The Internet has further perpetuated the incorrect attribution. Like alchemy, poetic words can transmute the magical power of the ordinary to something of greater value. More so when the subject is evergreen – Love, and when it is portrayed in this romantic and selfless angle. Hafiz is accepted as the foremost Iranian poet and his poems often possess multiple interpretations because of his mix of intellect, elaborate metaphors and images encompassed within the influence of Sufism.

Enjoy the “fake” Hafiz stanza for its own beauty sake. And if you are more CSI-inclined, you can do one of two things. You can follow what  Fredrick Engels, the 19th century social scientist did – learn Persian and read Hafiz’s works in the original language. Or you can read and research the ‘Supposed Hafiz poem’ news article.

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