|In Love 's eyes, whoever has no tint of Love |
is naught but wood and stone.
Love wrings water from rocks,
Love cleans rust from mirrors.
Unbelief has come in war, faith in peace
Love strikes a fire to both peace and war.
In the ocean of the heart Love opens its mouth
and like a whale swallows down the two worlds.
Love is a lion, without deception and trickery,
not a fox one moment and a leopard the next.
When Love provides replenishment upon replenishment,
the spirit gains deliverance from this dark and narrow body.
From the beginning Love is all bewilderment
it stuns the intellect and dazzles the spirit.
Oh east wind, my heart is in Beloved -
take me there without delay!
Ghazal (Ode) 1331
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press Albany, 1984
Art by Penny Neimiller