Friday, November 20, 2009

The Stunning Words of Hafiz

During rehearsal, the director Hafiz Karmali said to his cast, "Words are music on the page."

He is named after the celebrated Persian mystic and poet, Hafiz. It wasn't until I got a book of his that I understand his genius.
A few verses worth sharing:

"When your truth forsakes its shyness,
When your fears surrender to your strengths,
You will begin to experience
That all existence
Is a teeming sea of infinite life."

"The only problem with not castrating
A gigantic ego is
That it will surely become amorous
And father
A hundred screaming ideas and kids
Who will then all quickly grow up
And skillfully proceed
To run up every imaginable debt
And complication of which your brain
Can conceive.
All those worries and bills could turn to
Wailing ghosts and you won't have much desire to sing In this sweet

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