A Sufi Saint contemplates his imminent dissolution

 

Goodbye my Sufi friends and you, my lover;
Nothing now exists to connect you to me
Tayyar is honourable and full of good intent
I will rise from the trap of the world
I will ask you to be my servant in paradise
You are my dancer, I am your poet, we can laugh
Together on days when I taste the rain-drift-clouds.
When you sew I can watch you and fall in love~
Again I remember our first meeting
Amongst the sweet smell of the jasmine
In the walled garden where we couldn’t be
Seen or overheard. You were my perfumed
Idol. You are my window on eternity.
When Mansur Al-Hallaj was finally executed
For the blasphemy of being a Sufi I knew
My time would soon come. The Abbasids do not
Forgive. So, on this tight night of bone-white
Light I do not think of my execution. The Day
Of Death will come regardless. They say
Do not buy wine from a foreigner but this wine
From Andalusia is sweet and clear, it is like a mirror
Or a still lake, we can see ourselves clear and calm.
Unaffected by the ripples which do not draw near.
On this day of rumbling thunder and dark clouds,
Skies swirl and whorl on this day of days.
I am not an unbeliever but I know there are many truths
I was accused of paganism for reading the Greek.
Herodotus, the father of History, he did not seek to
Write a Greek version of the Greco-Persian wars
He sought to help us to learn from past conflicts.
For Herodotus attributes the causes of war
To both divine and human agents,
Who he did not perceive as being mutually exclusive,
But rather as being mutually interconnected.
Will this day of rumbling never be done?
Be sure to testify, always, to the spirit of tomorrow
And kiss me at this door of eternity,
Your hand shakes,
Djinns are all around us. Listen to the wind.
We will not be separated long, my love.

 

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Kevin Tan

Tue 1st Feb 2022 11:03

Thank you John Marks. That means a lot to me. I'll be AFK (away from keyboard) for a while. To fix my brain(s). But I'll be back, that's for sure. You're a great person. All blessings to you

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John Marks

Mon 31st Jan 2022 01:01

Thank you Kevin. You are a man after my own heart.

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Kevin Tan

Tue 25th Jan 2022 18:38

It's really touching John. I remember a Spanish teacher talking about Andalusia as if it were the most beautiful place in the world. I saw a documentary about Cordoba. Maybe it is!

The John Prine song is nice. I only knew Angel from Montgomery, from the movie Into the Wild. That movie changed my life, for the better.

I think a lot of humans would be happier reading poetry, don't you think? Why be in distress 24/7 if there are so many days ahead of us?

I am moved to tears

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John Marks

Mon 24th Jan 2022 20:54

I wrote this poem Kevin but like all poets I acquire influences from my own reading, especially the poems of Rumi. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was a Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. His discipline and wisdom have crossed all national and ethnic borders ever since the 13th century Christian era.

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." Rumi.

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Kevin Tan

Mon 24th Jan 2022 20:27

Did you write this? Or is this a translation of a sufi poem? Regardless, it is miraculous. I work at a Punjab place now so I'm learning more about Islamic and Indian traditions.

alhamdulillah!

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