Photo: Ouled Nail Dancer, Algeria; 1800s.
I knew God well when love flashed before me.
It gives me strength by night and day, and shows what lies ahead.
In me are flames, in me is fuel, in me is smoke.
I only found my Beloved, Bahu, when love made me aware.
Source and Recommended Reading:
'Death before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu, Bilingual Ed Edition'
By Sultan Bahu (Author), Jamal J. Elias (Editor, Translator)
These 115 poems introduce readers in English to Sultan Bahu (d. 1691), a Sufi mystical poet who continues to be one of the most beloved writers in Punjabi. Bahu, whose name translates as "With God," remains highly popular in Pakistan and India today—even illiterate Punjabis can recite his poetry by heart.