Romi’s Story: Hafez Tuesday, 16 February 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
I have a red-backed exercise book into which I copy love and erotic poems. They convey truths and feelings that are often censored these days. This book has never left my home. I never show it to anyone. I have never told anyone about it before until today. I now invite you, dear reader, to share some of my favourite lines of poetry from this secret book – by the 14th Century Persian poet Hafez:-
Beauty has such resistless power,
That even the chaste Egyptian dame
Sigh’d for the blooming Hebrew boy;
For her how fatal was the hour,
When to the banks of Nilus came
A youth so lovely and so coy!