Friday, November 09, 2012

[Sunlight] Thou Art -- Ghazal 2602



Oh enemy of my intellect! Oh remedy of my ignorance!
I am a vat, and Thou art the wine fermenting within.
Thou art the First and the Last, Thou art the Outward
and within the head (Koran LVII 3), Thou art sultan and shah,
chamberlain and guard.
Thou art sweet natured and ill natured, heart-burning
and heart-soothing, moon-faced Joseph and an obstacle, a veil.
Thou art exceedingly fresh and verdant, very comely and
fine - Thou art in my mind like the intellect and upon my ear
like a ring.
Thou art far away and self, before and more, ill-thinking
friend, venom and elixir.
Oh Ambusher of the selfless, oh Treasurer of the dervishes! Oh Lord, how joyful are the fakirs when Thou are in their embrace!
On the day I am sober, I am full of drunken brawling - but
when I am drunk, what patience and silence!

-- Ghazal (Ode) 2602
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983




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