Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

One of my favorite poems of all time at left, encapsulating so very much truth - thank you, Hafiz - fundamentally subversive, counter-cultural, and vibrantly defiant in its celebration of the radical understanding of loving = offering, as opposed to the more standard expectation of loving = getting. That we might be that solar light that shines and warms instead of that which expects warmth, draining, depleting, exhausting, always left wanting.

Especially at this time of year, when the Walgreens aisles are packed with crinkly sugared-up sweets and sappy Valentine's Cards and so very much cheesy shit, when the restaurants fill up with amateur diners going out for their yearly obligatory "date night," I'm reminded how very much Hafiz was and remains such a gangster. A gangster of lurve. Totally. Yeah.


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