The Caged Bird Sings

by: Hafez

My body’s dust is a veil
Spread out to hide
My soul—happy that moment when
It’s drawn aside!

To cage a songbird with so sweet
A voice is wrong—
I’ll fly to paradise’s garden
Where I belong.

But why I’ve come and whence I came
Is all unclear—
Alas, to know so little of
My being here!

How can I make my journey to
My heavenly home
When I’m confined and cramped within
This flesh and bone?

If my blood smells of longing, show no
Astonishment—
Mine is the musk deer’s pain as he
Secretes his scent.

Don’t think my golden shirt is like
A candle’s light—
The true flame burns beneath my shirt,
Hidden from sight.

Come, and ensure Hafez’s being
Will disappear—
Since You exist, no one will hear
Me say, “I’m here.”

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