The Stairway of Existence

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The Stairway of Existence

by HafizPersian lyric poet & mystic (1320 to 1389)

 

We
Are not
In pursuit of formalities
Or fake religious
Laws,

For through the stairway of existence
We have come to God’s
Door.

We are
People who need to love, because
Love is the soul’s life,

Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.

Through
The stairway of existence,
O, through the stairway of existence, Hafiz

Have
You now come,
Have we all now come to
The Beloved’s
Door.

 

from The Gift
translated by Daniel Ladinsky