Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hafiz of Persia, "Just One Flesh"

“I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from mens hands
even at the height of their arc of rage
because we have finally realized
there is just one flesh we can wound.”
- Hafiz
Hafiz was born in Shiraz in south-east Persia (modern Iran) in approximately 1320 A.D., twenty two years before the birth of Chaucer and a year before the death of Dante. He was named Shams-ud-din, which means ‘Sun of Faith,’ Mohammed. Later when he began to write poetry he selected Hafiz for his pen-name or ‘takhallus’. ‘Hafiz’ is the title given to one who has learnt the whole of the Koran by heart and Hafiz claimed to have done this is fourteen different ways.

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