What is the poem recited at the end of The Shape of Water?

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Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere. ♡
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Who is the author of this poem?
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have you received an answer to this Q yet?       of course, it is NOT the poem, "The Shape of Water"
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I'm pretty sure that its an original piece written for the movie since I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. I heard that del Toro had said in an interview that it was inspired by rumi (I think) but ultimately original.
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In the movie the narrator does make mention of the fact (altho this may be a statement that is NOT fact) that this poem dates back "hundreds" of years.   Maybe, with time, we will get a definitive answer.    :  )    Having lost my husband very suddenly nearly 15 years ago, these words were hauntingly pertinent to my experience.  At home I have an original clay sculpture of two human bodies melding together as they turn, propelling upward, and turning into one indistinguishable unit, with wings beginning to form.  I think I'd like to somehow display this poem beneath this sculpture.   Perfect.
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TheShapeof Water on twitter says it's written by E. E. Cummings
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I don't think so. I can't find anything of his involving any of the lines of the poem. It is similar, though, so maybe it was inspired by him.
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yes thought I it sounded like Rumi but can find no connection to R online at all...think your guess that it is original and maybe to del Toro likely correct. interesting that there is not more discussion about the poem online...
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This poem describes the Presence of the Absence
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My husband succumbed to death just 3 weeks ago and I find that this poem helps me immediately to find comfort in the space and silence left by his departure.
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My deepest condolences to you Carole.

May I offer you another quotation that helped me greatly nearly 15 years ago, when my husband died with no warning and my tears would not stop.  This quote is from Washington Irving:  "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief......and unspeakable love.”

May you find joy and gratitude in having the honor of being loved so dearly.
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My most sincere condolences, Carole. In March, it will be 5 years for me, since I lost my wife. I just got out of the theater a few minutes ago, immediately began to search for the poem. It resonates.

Keep doing, Carole.
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I add my condolences. This brings to mind the letter from Maj. Sullivan Balou to his wife as he was about to join the Battle of Manassas during the Civil War: "But, O Sarah, if the dead can come back to this earth, and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you in the garish day, and the darkest night amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours always, always, and, if the soft breeze fans your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air cools your throbbing temples, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dear; think I am gone, and wait for me, for we shall meet again."
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Gorgeous sentiment.  When we, the living, can focus on these words, our hearts are soothed.
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Heart felt words of love.... ♡♡♡
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Saw movie yesterday & this “quote ?” is outstanding. Was it just written for the movie or is it an actual quote from??
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With a few words changed around I am putting this on our headstone for our children. It is so outstanding. I saw the movie several times just to hear the poem.
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There is Intelligence all around me but I see no shapes for my spirit guides, helpers and angels but they communicate with me daily. This poem is perfect.
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Best poem to God from God.  Love, Dean Mulcrone
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A review of the film in The Guardian attributes the poem to 12th Century Afghanistan poet, Sanai Hakim: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/Poets/S/SanaiHakim/index.html

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Here's the Guardian review in which the apparent attribution occurs: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/18/the-shape-of-water-review-guillermo-del-toro-sally-hawk...


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And in this review, the reviewer points out that Sanai Hakim is mentioned in the closing credits: http://lwlies.com/reviews/the-shape-of-water/

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Dude Sanai Ghaznavi was a persian . Just born in Afghanistan since Afghanistan and many other countries were part of persia
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It is a poem from Sanai Ghaznavi an ancient persian poet.
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do you know anywhere that this poem and others by the same person can be found in english?
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Obviously I am not an expert in the field, but I did some search and found these links, hope you find them useful:
https://mypoeticside.com/poets/hakim-...
http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/Poets...
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Thank all of you for helping to give a name to the author. I lost my wife of 33 years and this quotation at the end of the movie hit me very hard. These few words perfectly expresse my feeling. I started to cry. I’m glad the theater was still dark. It’s been years and details of her dim but these ancient words let me know my feelings are not unique to me. They capture the timeless essence of the ultimate in being human - love.
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This is exactly how I felt. I lost my significant other on Oct 31st. That last quotation tore me up. It is beautiful and expressed it so perfectly. Peace to you jgreen. 
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I FINALLY found this poem after an extensive search! I read through many poems by Hakim Sanai until i found this one. It's called:

The way to You
by Hakim Sanai

English version by Priya Hemenway
Original Language Persian/Farsi

The way to You
lies clearly in my heart
and cannot be seen or known to the mind.
As my words turn to silence,
Your sweetness surrounds me.

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can you put the Persian one too? 
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that is not the poem at the end of the movie...not sure what you mean...?
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Jgreen, I had a very similar experience. My son passed away last year, and at the end of the movie when I heard that quote I burst into tears and just sobbed through the credits. I felt my son in those words. As soon as I got home I looked up this exact same information- what were those words again? And then what is that poem?
Thanks for starting this to find the source.
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Exactly the same with my sister. How lovely that this film and poem resonated for so many of us and extended beyond a romantic context.
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The end of the movie ,with tne spoken words/ prayer!? Reached the deepness of what we name SOUL. It wraped me as a mystic moment of awareness of LOVE.
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Sorry Michelle but I did not hear the word prayer at all in that poem. Although he says it like a prayer with love.
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Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere. ♡...who wrote this one?  It's from the movie The Shape of Water.

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Yes, who wrote it? Del Toro said he read it years ago in a book of Islamic poetry. But who is the poem attributed to, and what is the full poem?
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I believe it refers to God, who IS love.
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@ Marti Watson Garlett
Where have you read /seen that quote from Del Toro, saying he read it in a book of Islamic poetry ? According to many articles, he has interests in many cultural backgrounds, such as Soufi poetry, but never heard him speaking about it.

At the very end of the film's credit there is a reference to Hakim Sanai, a XII century muslim poet.
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@ aymericruce
There is no such a thing as “ islamic poetry”, the poem is from Hakim Sanai , a persian poet
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I think it’s a poem by rumi.
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Its sanai ghaznavi not rumi
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I believe your right. Sanai was an influence on Rumi. I had never heard of him before but he is the author of one of the three great classics of Sufi Mystic poetry;
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Hakim Sanai Persian poet in end credits
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No one seems to have seen that. But it does answer someone's hope.
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Watch the movie again. It’s at the end with the credits.
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It does sound like Rumi, and Kabir, Tulsi Sahib or Tukaram or any Pure Saint leading to God realization.I too just got home from watching "The Shape of Water". Very-very seldom do I go back to see a  film again. This one is that film. Charles Wycoff
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Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere. ♡...who wrote this one?  It's from the movie The Shape of Water.
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Saw it for the second time today; loved it just as much as the first.  A truly enchanting film.
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i immediately said Rumi. But any of those mystic poets mentioned previously could have written it. perhaps Eknath.
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I too saw it twice, and each time I cried. The beauty and the story is overwhelming with emotion. I love the Poem.
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The poem is attributed to the persian poet Hakim Sanai who is mentioned in the credit list.
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Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. 
Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere.”
― Guillermo del ToroGuillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
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I went back to see it again too! Now I own it.
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When I think of her, of Elisa
The only thing that comes to mind is a poem,
whispered by someone in love.
Hundreds of years ago,
Unable to perceive the shape of you,
I find you all around me:
Your presence fills my eyes,
With your love;
You've humbled my heart,
For you are everywhere.
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Gigi, who wrote that poem?
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The director but I could be wrong
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I Googled it and read that Miguel had himself read it in some Middle Eastern manuscript or poetry. Of all the quotes in the film, that one was the one that grabbed me, and hence the desire to learn more about it. My own perception of the incomprehensible God is that God cannot have form, or gender. God can't be contained within anything, God exists in EVERYTHING. We, and everything we perceive are contained in God's "mind". Many who attempt descriptions of God will fail, myself included, but, I really like God defined as LOVE. This movie was about love, and pure love doesn't discriminate when it comes to appearance. Elisa only saw a beautiful creature as unappreciated as herself. She could not say what she thought, so she did her best to SHOW that she cared. She soon could not think of anything else. Her devotion to protect what she loves is universal. I think that is why I was so moved. True love transcends self love, and Elisa found herself caring less for her own safety and survival than the creature. THAT is the purest form of love and I think the parables, metaphors, stories and legends of all the worlds religions tell us that we were created for love to be expressed, and that it is EVERYWHERE.
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Profoundly deep concepts eloquently expressed, Manuel. Thank you.
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manuel orosco, few times i have read anything like what you have just  written!
are you sure, you did not write the poem????  incredible!!!!!!!  just saw the movie with my pregnant wife, i put my hand on her belly......and the baybe moved. thank you!!!!   Enrique Gonzalez, Mountain View , CA
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What a pleasure to see someone write so clearly, with insight, humility and wisdom. Manuel, your words read like poetry because, in their clarity, sincerity and relevance to all, they resonate deeply and immediately. Thank you - and keep writing.
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My husband of 50 years Tom Purkey recently passed away and This expressed my feelings touching my
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The  poem was given not credit at the end. I GDT knew the author he would have to put that in the credits.
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I couldn't help thinking of this poem, The Print the Whales Make, by Marjorie Saiser, when I heard Giles words at the end of "Shape" last night, and find it particularly appropriate in the context of the above discussion:

 You and I on the boat notice
 the print the whales leave,
 the  huge ring their diving draws
 for a time on the surface.
 Is it like that when we
 lose one another? Don't
 know, can't. But
 I want to believe
 when we can no longer
 walk across a room
 for a hug, can no longer
 step into the arms of the other,
 there will be this:
 some trace that stays
 while the great body
 remains below out of sight,
 dark mammoth shadow
 flick of flipper
 body of delight
 diving deep.
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Very nice. Like the "Shape" poem, this one is a different view of the same heart.
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Well .
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Joe O'Neill

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Well put, is what I meant to write.
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I too thought of Rumi when the movie ended and I was jumping out of my seat loudly asking “who wrote that poem?!”
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M too, who did?
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Of course Rumi did
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no one else can find the poem, do you have any clues?
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sorry, meant for you Yvonne... just wondering if you have seen the poem anywhere in Rumi's works...
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The poet is Sanai (11th-12th century: a persian poet born in where is now modern Afghanistan). Actually, it is from a very famous poem in persian literature:

https://ganjoor.net/sanaee/divans/ghg...
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is there more to the poem...is it longer?  do you know where we can find the poem, a book or online somewhere?
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in English...and is that link a link to the actual poem in Persian?
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The link is in perisan. The original poem is longer and this translation is not “word to word”. Unfortunately, I don not know if there is a valid translation of complete poem in english.
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i had the persian poem you reference translated and sadly it is not the poem at the end of the movie...
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The Print The Whales Make - thank you Joe O’Neill for sharing this exquisite poem - my daughter and I are both crying -
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I think i read this poem in khayyam book, iranian poet
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This poem belongs to Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. It expresses the love of God.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi
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نتوان وصف تو گفتن که تو در فهمن نگنجی
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if this is the poem at the end of the movie, can you post a link?
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That's a poem from great Iranian poet, Hakim Sanei Qaznavi:
چون نگنجد شکل تو در عقل من
بینمت در هر مکان و منزلی
زین حضورت، عشق شسته چشم من
دل‌زلالم، چون به هر جا حاضری
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if this is the poem at the end of the movie, can you post a link?
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A blog post from the Library of Congress is inconclusive, but Hakim Sanai seems to be the closest match:

https://blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2018/03...
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Many thanks for having posted the link which gives much detailed information & also mentions "Confessions of St Augustine" which I'll take a serious look at.
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I have heard all the names mentioned in all the posts. Someone even said ee.cummings was the author. However no one can find one line from a poem that is from those mentioned. It is possible that G..D.T., influenced by early poets may have
 written it himself.
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I pretty much came to that conclusion about GDT being the author after reading all the research that was done thru the link posted above. He may have combined stuff from different poems from different books. Whoever it is, it has enflamed the net & in the movie made us engulfed with emotion.


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It certainly did. The moment I heard it,I started to cry.My husband of 50 yearst had just died before I saw the movie.That poem may be about God but God is Love and Love is a precious gift from God. So the poem works in many ways.
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Very sorry about your loss.
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This is the revelation I got when I read this quote.

God is Spirit (energy) and He is everywhere and there is no shape ("Unable to perceive the shape of You"). 

He is in us and He is all around us ("For You are everywhere"). We are like a fish in the sea, water is in the fish and around the fish. His presence (Spirit) is in us and around us. "For in Him we live and move and have our being" - Acts 17:28

God is love and He is Spirit and we were created in His own image("Your presence fills my eyes with").

When you understand His unconditional love it humbles our hearts .
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I THINK WE ALL GOT THAT MESSAGE ABOUT G-D SURROUNDING US BUT UNSEEN. HOWEVER GIVEN IT HAD TO DO WITH THE STORY LINE  I LIKE TO TAKE IT AS I FELT IT. LOVE GOES ON.
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I feel with Jerome Silva's comment.   OOOMMM
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"Unable to perceive the shape of you,
 I find you all around me...
 Your presence fills my eyes with your love;
 It humbles my heart - for you are everywhere"

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