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"Awake Awhile", by Hafiz

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

Some years ago, during my Viniyoga Teacher Training, one of my teachers, Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, sang at the end of a practice part of this poem with a beautiful tune. Her voice and sentiment stayed with me, and I sang it to the students after some of my classes. One student came one day and told me that those were lines from a poem by Hafiz. Here it is:

It does not have to be Forever, Right Now.

One Step upon the Sky's soft skirt Would be enough.

Hafiz, Awake awhile Just one True moment of Love Will last for days.

Rest all your elaborate plans and tactics for Knowing Him, For they are all just frozen spring buds Far, So far from Summer's Divine Gold.

Awake, my dear. Be kind to your sleeping heart. Take it out into the vast fields of Light And let it breathe.

Say, "Love, Give me back my wings, Lift me, Lift me nearer."

Say to the sun and the moon, Say to our dear Friend,

"I will take You up now, Beloved, On that wonderful Dance You promised!"

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