Sheherezade’s Conversation with Hafez

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?”

– Pampi