Companion for Life

Our union is like this: If you feel cold I would
reach for a blanket to cover our shivering feet.

If a hunger comes into your body I would run
to my garden and start digging potatoes.

If you asked for a few words of comfort and
guidance I would quickly kneel by your side
and offer you a whole book . . . as a gift.

If you ever ache with loneliness so much
you weep, I would say,

Here is a rope, tie it around me, Hafiz will be
your companion for life.

                               Persian; trans. Daniel Ladinsky

Hafiz, Persian, A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations, trans. Daniel Ladinsky, Penguin Books, 2011.