Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When That Happens....

Out in Empty Sky

If you catch a fragrance of the unseen,

like that, you won't be able to be

contained. You'll be out in empty sky.

Any beauty the world has, any desire,

will easily be yours. As you live

deeper in the heart, the mirror gets
clearer and cleaner. Shams of Tabriz
realized God in himself. When that

happens, you have no anxieties about

losing anyone or anything. You break

the spells that human difficulties cause.

Interpretations come, hundreds, from

all the religious symbols and parables

and prayers. You know what they mean,

when God lives through you like Shams.

  Ghazal (Ode) 2931

Version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin
"The Glance"
Viking-Penguin, 1999
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