The Muse…

“Sometimes I say to a poem,

“I don’t have the strength
To wring out another drop
Of the sun.”

And the poem will often
Respond

By climbing onto a barroom table:

Then lifts its skirt, winks,
Causing the whole sky to
Fall.”

Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī, The Gift