Advice from a Persian Poet

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
that may buy you just a moment of pleasure

but then drag you for days like a broken
man behind a farting camel.

— from A Year with Hafiz, Daily Contemplations.

Translated / rendered by Daniel Ladinsky


Returned within 30 days.

My love was an overly lavish
expenditure of emotion.

I’m sorry, I can’t accept this, she said.
Too extravagant, too soon.

And this, after she overwhelmed me
With her gifts.