|Is there no one |
with a pure worthy vision
with which to gaze upward ?
If there no one
purified of his water and clay
so that he may gaze upon the Ocean ?
So that he may place his foot upon Mount Qaf
and look upon the wing of the Phoenix ?
So that the Sun may make his vision drunk and
headless and footless ?
Is there no one
who receives replenishment
from Love's light so that
his vision may fall totally Yonder?
Water becomes purified with water -- the man
who can see gains vision from Vision.
Become nothing but vision, for in Beloved's Court,
nothing finds access but vision !
Ghazal (Ode) 1169
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983
Art by DENNIS POTOKAR