My love has sent no letter

I am heart-sick, because…

mjc-Hafez no letter 2

My love has sent no letter for
a long time now…I´ve heard
no salutations from him, no
inquiries, not one word…

I´ve written him a hundred times,
But that hard’riding King
Has sent no emissary back,
no  message not a thing

I´m wild with waiting, crazy, but
he´s sent no envoy here…
no strutting partridge has turned up,
no graceful, skittish deer.

He knows my heart must now be like
A fluttering bird, but he
has yet to send one sinuous line
to lure and capture me.

Damn him, that sweet’lipped serving boy
knows very well that I
need wine now but he purs me none,
although my glass is dry.

How much I boasted of his favours
the kindnesses we´d share
and now i have no idea at all
of how he is, or where.

But this is no surprise, Hafez,
calm yourself and behave
a king can´t be expected
to write letters to a slave.

from Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz
translated by Dick Davis

Dick Davis is probably my favourite English-language translator of Hafez at the moment. Do you like?

Then listen to it while you read it again:


About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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