– Jaihoon

This liar may not be any real worth
Yet, O His Fear-veiled friend,
May I unveil to you a hidden truth!

My deeds are stained with the sinful thorns
Yet, My heart is filled with the Rose’s thoughts.

The games His Lovers play are truly sly
Their hearts laugh in joy, yet they seem to cry

Lord knows how many excuses they make
So that others label His Love as ‘For His sake’

They see the sun, and think of Him
They sigh at the moon, and think of Him

Even in the love shown by a mother to a child
It is His love that comes to their restless mind.

Sometimes they refer to it as Tabrez
To cover the love that has set their soul ablaze

How cleverly they use for Him symbols such as Rose
Or as the Gardener who for their soul with mercy cares

Instead of calling Him by one hundred less one names
They utter such as ‘…al haqq’ and themselves try to debase

In their prayers they yearn not for just His favors
But a daring heart that only with His love shivers

They are not as dumb and quiet as they overtly seem
They remain calm even if within them is a thunder storm

Ah! Consider yourself for instance
Who speaks mostly in bold silence

Remember, when did you that treasured truth finally utter
That you did so far in your Him-loving heart shutter

How can a shell teach a pearl
How can vinegar compare itself to Honey
How dare I tell you what you already taught me
“My Merciful Him who Loves me”.

April 15, 2003. Conceived during Asr and composed after Isha.

Notes

Tabrez : Shams Tabrez, the spiritual mentor of Rumi whom he saw as the fire that kindled Divine Love in him.

…al haqq: Anal Haqq, the popular esoteric expression by Mansur Al Hallaj widely condemned as pantheistic by the orthodox scholars.