Ode to Friday: Hafez

I want both of us

To start talking about this great love


As if you, I, and the Sun were all married

And living in a tiny room,


Helping each other to cook,

Do the wash,

Weave and sew,

Care for our beautiful



We all leave each morning

To labour on the earth’s field.

No one does not lift a great pack.


I want both of us to start singing like two

Travelling minstrels

About this extraordinary existence

We share,


As if

You, I, and God were all married


And living in

A tiny



~ I Want Both Of Us, by Khwāja Shamsu d-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī (خواجه شمس‌ دین محمد حافظ شیرازی‎), known by his pen name, Hāfez (Persian, 1325–1390)




9 thoughts on “Ode to Friday: Hafez

    • Man, that question, about goals for today. I read it before I had a shower, and in the shower just now I was thinking what I could tell you. Something popped into my head and I thought, “Not that, no, I couldn’t say that, quick, let’s find some other things to say …” But stubbornly the first thought is still there and everything else feels fake. So my goal for today is to “learn more about God.”

      And now I’ve said it I think the best place to learn might be making ravioli with you. x


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