Photo: Depiction of an amorous couple on a picnic with swooning musicians. Twelve figures total, single blossoming tree, and ornate arched building. Iran; 17th cent.
Each way I turned
I turned to You;
Each place I reached
Was the path to You.
Each place of worship
I entered to pray,
I saw the arch of Your brow
In every arch and every doorway.
I saw the face of worldly beauty
But I saw it in the mirror of Your face.
In the manifest and the hidden,
In the ideal and the real,
All have looked and only to You.
Don't ask about Maghribi.
He is by madness struck --
By those dark lashes of Yours!
(Muhammad Shirin Maghribi)
'Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi'
by Mahmood Jamal (Editor, Translator, Introduction)
Written from the ninth to the twentieth century, these poems represent the peak of Islamic Mystical writing, from Rabia Basri to Mian Mohammad Baksh. Reflecting both private devotional love and the attempt to attain union with God and become absorbed into the Divine, many poems in this edition are imbued with the symbols and metaphors that develop many of the central ideas of Sufism: the Lover, the Beloved, the Wine, and the Tavern; while others are more personal and echo the poet's battle to leave earthly love behind. These translations capture the passion of the original poetry and are accompanied by an introduction on Sufism and the common themes apparent in the works. This edition also includes suggested further reading.
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