Everything in life has a limit
The climb has to stop at mount’s summit

Tasbih! I have cried enough,
Now I deserve to laugh

Your love has so far made me mad
Now return the senses which I before had

Your separation won me everyone’s pity
Now sit beside to arouse their envy

I burnt like coal in the furnace of thought
Now foster my deeds in the garden of action

Beauty that runs in the streets
Like an untamed beast
Show me the same when His Fear
Binds it with strings modest

Pour into my heart
The honey of Affinity
Not any more can I bear
My soul’s complaint of friend empty!

July 24 2004. During the flight to Calicut


I burnt like coal : Inspired by Allama Iqbal