A Potted Plant ~ Hafiz
I pull a sun from my coin purse each day.
And at night I let my pet the moon
Run freely into the sky meadow.
If I whistled,
She would turn her head and look at me.
If I then waved my arms,
She would come back wagging a marvelous tail
There are always a few men like me
In this world
Who are house-sitting for God.
We share His royal duties:
I water each day a favorite potted plant
Ask the Friend for love.
Ask Him again.
For I have learned that every heart will get
What it prays for
From: ‘The Subject Tonight Is Love’
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky