A courtesan and poet meet at Court
“Hafiz, what is the sign?
of someone who knows God?” – Hāfez
“My dear, they have dropped the knife.
Someone who knows God has dropped
the cruel knife
that most so often use upon their tender self
and others.’ – Hāfez
Contemplating how to drop this cruel knife …
“How do I release my grasp on it?
How do I walk with the knives inside me?
Relax enough so they too fall?”