So Many Gifts - Hafiz



There are so many gifts
Still unopened from your birthday, 
there are so many hand-crafted presents
that have been sent to you by God. 
The Beloved does not mind repeating, 
"Everything I have is also yours." 

Please forgive Hafiz and the Friend
if we break into a sweet laughter
when your heart complains of being thirsty
when ages ago
every cell in your soul
capsized forever
into this infinite golden sea. 

Indeed, 
a lover's pain is like holding one's breath
too long
in the middle of a vital performance, 
in the middle of one of Creation's favourite
songs. 

Indeed, a lover's pain is this sleeping, 
this sleeping, 
when God just rolled over and gave you
such a big good-morning kiss! 

There are so many gifts, my dear, 
still unopened from your birthday. 

O, there are so many hand-crafted presents
that have been sent to your life
from God.