|All friends have vanished. |
Like fleeting thoughts they scattered
and left me only with the thought
of my Beloved.
Now alone with every breath
I call the only Friend of the forsaken.
I was taken by the stream of love
I tasted the fruit of love's tree,
such tenderness, such sweetness
I even had to chase the wasps away!
I was the doorkeeper
at the gate of my Beloved.
She left, and now, bewildered
I don't know which way to turn.
(The Only Friend )
Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
"Rumi: Hidden Music"
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001
Art by Laura Majcan