An Annoying Drunk

(Excerpts from “Poetry Meets Photography” Exhibit featuring John Leslie Lange,  the author of “Hafiz and I,” a collection of poems inspired by the writings of the Sufi masters, Hafiz and Rumi and Julie Kruger,  a professional photographer and artist who specializes in dreamy landscapes populated by the emotions of love and longing. This presentation is a collaboration of their work in the form of a conversation between John’s poetry and Julie’s images).

~~An Annoying Drunk~~

I keep running into

My old buddy Hafiz

At love temperance meetings.

I go there to swear off the stuff

And he always finds me,

Like that annoying drunk

At the wedding.

He corners me, his breath

Boozy with the wonder of Love.

I try to shrug him away,

But he’s good!

Been doing this a long time,

Seven hundred years!

I give him a hundred reasons

To never let love

Darken my heart again

And he opens me.

With quick wit, and glib tongue

My pants are off

Before I even know what’s happened.

Seduced once again

By that master salesman

Of Great Love.

I swear, next time

Will be different.

Next time my heart gets broken,

I’ll just drink my self silly

Instead of reading His damn poetry.

– John Leslie Lange

(From the project “A Conversation: Poetry Meets Photography”)