– Jaihoon

Without Your remembrance
Without Your Beloved’s love
Am I dead or alive
You alone tell me

I asked this question
To my own soul
Ashamed and embarrassed
It failed to answer my call

O who brought me to this world
Separating me from your Merciful Being
Let this corpse-like sinner for tonight live-
With Your thoughts and beloved’s love

I am alive
If in my heart Your thoughts are alive
I am alive
If in my veins reverberates Madina’s song

For a few days as I swam at ease
In the waters of those beside the two
All the light in me eroded
My faith crumbled and corroded

Without Your remembrance
Without Your Beloved’s love
Am I dead or alive
You alone tell me

20 August 2005