Poem by Great Sufi Poet

Do you know those times when you feel overburdened, pressured, or maybe even desperate? This wonderful poem can help you lighten up. It’s by Hafiz, one of the three greatest medieval Sufi poets. The other two are Rumi and a woman whose less familiar name escapes me for the moment.


Sufism, by the way, is a branch of Islam, defined as the inner mystical dimension. Be sure to read the poem all the way to the end. It’s from the book “I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy.”

“Tripping Over Joy”

What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.

Claudia MasonComment