Ancient News – Inspiring Poems     


Under each song title is the poem(s) that inspired the song.


1) I Come Into This World

I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS                Hafiz/Ladinsky 

I have come into this world to see this:

         the sword drop from men’s hands

         even at the height of their arc of anger

         because we have finally realized

         there is just one flesh to wound

         and it is His – the Christ’s, our Beloved’s.


I have come into this world to see this:

         all creatures holding hands

         as we pass through this miraculous existence

         we share on the way to even a greater being of soul,

         a being of just ecstatic light,

         forever entwined and at play with Him.


I have come into this world to hear this:

         every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in

         the Divine’s womb and began spinning from His wish,

         every song by wing and fin and hoof,

         every song by hill and tree and woman and child,

         every song of stream and rock,

         every song of tool and lyre and flute,

         every song of gold and emerald and fire,

         every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity

         to know itself as God:

         for all other knowledge will leave us again

         in want and aching –

         only imbibing the glorious Sun will complete us.


I have come into this world to experience this:

         Women and men so true to love

         they would rather die before speaking an unkind word,

         men so true their lives are His covenant -

         the promise of hope.


I have come into this world to see this:

         the sword drop from men’s hands

         even at the height of their arc of rage

         because we have finally realized there is just one flesh

         we can wound and it is our own.


 [Daniel Ladinsky: A Year With Hafiz, pp.358-359] 


3) Take Us Down

 JARS OF SPRINGWATER                  Rumi/Coleman Barks

         Jars of springwater are not enough anymore.

         Take Us down to the river.

         The face of peace, the sun itself.


         No more slippery cloudlike moon.

         Give us one clear morning after another,

         and the one whose work remains unfinished,

         who is our work as we diminish,

         idle, though occupied, empty, and open.


[Rumi: The Big Red Book, p. 16]



4) Love’s Tavern               


There  are moments in moist love                      

when heaven is jealous of what we on earth can do.


[Daniel Ladinsky: A Year With Hafiz, Introduction]




5) I Heard God Laughing 

LAUGHTER                                              Hafiz/Ladinsky      

What is laughter? What is laughter?

It is God waking up! O it is God waking up!

It is the sun its sweet little head out

From behind a cloud

You have been carrying too long,

Veiling your eyes and heart.


It is Light breaking ground for a great Structure

That is your Real body – called Truth


It is happiness applauding itself and then taking flight

To embrace everyone and everything in this world.


Laughter is the polestar

Held in the sky by our Beloved,

Who eternally says,


“Yes, dear ones, come this way,

Come this way toward Me and Love!


Come with your tender mouths moving

And your beautiful tongues conducting songs

And with your movements – your magic movements

Of hands and feet and glands and cells – Dancing!


Know that to God’s Eye,

All movement is a Wonderous Language,

And Music – such exquisite, wild Music!”


O what is laughter, Hafiz?

What is this precious love and laughter

Budding in our hearts?


It is the glorious sound

Of a soul waking up!


[Daniel Ladinsky : I Heard God Laughing, p.65]



8) Love Comes With A Knife


Love comes with a knife, not some shy question,

         and not with fears for its reputation.

I say these things disinterestedly.  Accept them in kind.


Love is a madman, working his wild schemes,

         tearing off his clothes,

         running through the mountains, drinking poison,

         and now quietly choosing annihilation.


A tiny spider tries to wrap an enormous wasp.

Think of the spiderweb woven across the cave where Muhammad slept.


There are love stories, and there is obliteration into love.


You've been walking the ocean's edge,

         holding up your robes to keep them dry.


You must dive naked under and deeper under,

         a thousand times deeper! Love flows down.


The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes.

Tell me, is the earth worse for giving in like that?


Don't put blankets over the drum!

Open completely.


Let your spirit listen to the green dome's passionate murmur.


Let the cords of your robe be untied.

Shiver in this new love beyond all above and below.

The sun rises, but which way does night go?


I have no more words.

Let soul speak with the silent articulation of a face.  


[Rumi: The Big Red Book, p. 20]


10) The Friend’s Delight           

A DIVINE INVITATION                                Hafiz/Ladinsky

You have been invited to meet The Friend.

No one can resist a Divine Invitation.


That narrows down all our choices to just two:

We can come to God Dressed for Dancing, or

Be carried on a stretcher To God’s Ward.


[Daniel Ladinsky: I Heard God Laughing, p.2]



You don’t have to act crazy anymore –

We all know you were good at that.


Now retire, my dear,

From all that hard work you do


Of bringing pain to your sweet eyes and heart.


Look in a clear mountain mirror –

See the beautiful Ancient Warrior

And the Divine elements you always carry inside


That infused this Universe with sacred Life so long ago

And join you Eternally with all Existence – with God!


[Daniel Ladinsky :I Heard God Laughing, p.3]


WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT THIS PROBLEM                    Hafiz/Ladinsky

There is a Beautiful Creature Living in a hole you have dug.


So at night I set fruit and grains and little pots of wine and milk

Beside your soft earthen mounds,


And I often sing. But still, my dear, You do not come out.


I have fallen in love with Someone Who hides inside you.


We should talk about this problem –

Otherwise, I will never leave you alone.


[Daniel Ladinsky: I Heard God Laughing, p.4]


THE GOD WHO ONLY KNOWS FOUR WORDS                     Hafiz/Ladinsky

Every Child Has known God.

Not the God of names, Not the God of don’ts

Not the God who ever does Anything weird,


But the God who only knows four words

And keeps repeating them, saying:

“Come dance with Me.”


Come Dance.


 [Daniel Ladinsky: The Gift, p.270]