My Eyes So Soft by Hafiz

by Steven McCabe

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Don’t

Surrender

Your loneliness so quickly.

Let it cut more

Deep.

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Let it ferment and season you

As few human

or even divine ingredients can.

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Something missing in my heart tonight

Has made my eyes so soft,

My voice so,

Tender.

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My need of God

Absolutely

Clear.

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Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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The linocut image (# 26 of 116 prints) is from a black & white wordless graphic novel I am currently completing. Although ‘wordless poem’ is probably a more accurate description. I thought an image of ‘looking out from within’ might dovetail well with this poem.