Who Can Hear the Buddha Sing?
Hafiz, Trans. Daniel Ladinsky
Hafiz, Tonight as you sit with your Young students Who Have eyes Burning like coals for the truth, Raise your glass in honour Of The Old Great One from Asia. Speak in the beautiful style And precision wit of a Japanese verse. Say a profound truth about this path With the edge of your sailor's tongue that Has been honed on the finest sake. Okay, dear ones, are you ready? Are you braced? Well then: Who can hear the Buddha sing If the dog between your legs is barking? Who can hear the Buddha sing If that canine between your Thighs Still Wants to do circus Tricks?