I really must thank Daniel Ladinsky for his delightful rendering of the works of Hafiz, keeping the modern reader in mind as he translates. In his collection, “A Year With Hafiz” I recently took comfort in the January 23rd entry:
Word Spreads About Good Cooking
The movements of our hands help build the
We add to the universe by our efforts.
Whatever we do, we should never think it is irrelevant;
whatever we do, we should not conclude it
is so important either. Between those two
poles find your balance; between those two
regions your talents will bloom.
Word spreads about good cooking. Become
that, an exquisite meal for us.
The alchemy stone is waiting to retire and
confess… something in us is its power.