The Thousand-Stringed Instrument

by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Original Language English

The heart is
The thousand-stringed instrument.

Our sadness and fear come from being
Out of tune with love.

All day long God coaxes my lips
To speak,

So that your tears will not stain
His green dress.

It is not that the Friend is vain,
It is just your life we care about.

Sometimes the Beloved
Takes my pen in hand,
For Hafiz is just a simple man.

The other day the Old One
Wrote on the Tavern wall:

“The heart is
The thousand-stringed instrument

That can only be tuned with

-- from The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master, by Daniel Ladinsky

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The Thousand-Stringed