Read it Out Loud
Reading poetry aloud is a great practice. My preference is ecstatic poetry or any poet who writes about nature. I really enjoy Hafiz’ poetry. Hafiz full name is Khwaja Shams ud-Din Hafiz-i Shirazi, d. 1389. He was a Persian/Iranian poet and the master of the poetic form, ghazal.
Two qualities I love in Hafiz’ poetry: (1) He addresses himself in the third person and (2) He opens up with complete vulnerability. It is important to note that, while these poems can be interpreted for human-relationship love, in Sufi poetry “Beloved” is a reference to God.
Even if our world is turned upside down and blown over by the wind,
If you are doubtless, you won’t lose a thing.
O Hafiz, if it is union with the Beloved that you seek,
Be the dust at the Wise One’s door, and speak!
“School of Truth,” from: Drunk On the Wind of the Beloved – Translated by Thomas Rain Crowe
My own favorite is “I Know The Way You Can Get”. It’s the best for describing how I feel when the pirates attack. But when I read him aloud, they’re banished!
You might pull out a ruler to measure
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once
“I know the Way You Can Get,” from: I Heard God Laughing – Renderings of Hafiz – Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Good websites with Hafiz poetry: http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/hafiz.html#anchor_16107 or http://www.thesongsofhafiz.com/hafizpoetry.htm