Monday, September 26, 2011

Mevlana Rumi - You've So Distracted Me

You've so distracted me,
your absence fans my love.
don't ask how.

Then you come near.
"Do not..." I say, and
"do not..." you answer.

Don't ask why
this delights me.

Mevlana Rumi (translations - coleman barks/john moyne)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Kabir - My Body is Flooded

My body is flooded
With the flame of Love
My soul lives in
A furnace of bliss.

Love's fragrance
Fills my mouth,
And fans through all things
With each outbreath


Kabir - Do Not Blame Love

Do not blame Love for the agony it brings;
Love is the King of all paths,
And the heart not wild with longing
Is already dead, already a burial ground.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bakharzi - You Are The Sun

Glimpsing your lovely face, my poor eyes stare
And brim with water like spring clouds; but there -
You are the sun; the eyes of anyone
Will water if he gazes at the sun

- Tajaddin Bakharzi (Seljuk period, Bakharz)

Am'aq - Love Makes Me Wish

Love makes me wish that everyone were blind
And only I could see you and revere you,
or that my own two eyes were blind-and then
I would not see the others hovering near you

-Am'aq (12th century, Bokhara)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rumi - The Minute I Heard My First Love Story

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
-Mevlana Rumi

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What Is the Heart?

What is the heart?
It is not human, it is not imaginery,
I call it you.