We have not come here to take prisoners- poetry by Hafiz

We Have Not Come To Take Prisoners

We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.

Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.

We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
“O please, O please,
Come out and play.”

For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,

But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom and

~ Hafiz ~


About Beema Noel

One navigates life's journey with the compass given. With blessings our instrument is true. Never Forget Remember the One The Way of Love Our Life, Our All This I believe is the journey we share so let us gladly walk together. As a child guided by my heart~ calling to mountains & sky, As a teen my heart called for freedom, As a young man; Blessed by the mystic yogi, One who may lead those seeking to make their way, by the rainbow light of the ever new Aeon.
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5 Responses to We have not come here to take prisoners- poetry by Hafiz

  1. Rebecca Speer says:

    What happened to the Panhala Archives? They were so beautiful and helpful to our Poetic Community. Why did they disappear?


    • Darcie says:

      If anyone remember the Rilke poems that were on Panhala, please share. There were a few from Sonnets to Orpheus but I can’t find the same translations. The panhala translations were stunning. 😦


    • Katla says:

      According to the administrator and beloved (at least to me) poster of poems to the Panhala group, the website crashed, was lost and he could not recover it. It was a devastating loss for me; such a great resource.


  2. Thank you. I love Hafiz. Nice to meet you – blessings! Debbie


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