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« on: Aug 15, 2011 01:04 PM »


This isn't strictly an Islamic poem but it's a spiritual poem so I thought ppl would enjoy it.


'Last night while I was sleeping'

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamed – blessed illusion! –
a fountain flowed
inside my heart.
Water, tell me by what hidden
channel you came to me
with a spring of new life
I never drank?

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamed – blessed illusion! –
I had a beehive
inside my heart,
and from my old bitterness
the gold bees
were contriving white combs
and sweet honey.

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamed – blessed illusion! –
a fiery sun glowed
inside my heart.
It was fiery, giving off heat
from a red fireplace.
It was the sun throwing out light
and made one weep.

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamed – blessed illusion! –
that it was God I held
inside my heart.

~Antonio Machado translated from the Spanish by Willis Barnstone

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “you owe me”. Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky." Hafiz
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 15, 2011 06:47 PM »

Nice poem, I like the feelings it evokes. Although of course we know nothing can contain Allah as Allah is beyond any physical of His Creation.

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