The Stars Like Candles

July 5, 2015 No Comments »

Shams Tabrizi was the teacher of Jalaludin ar-Rumi {May Allah have mercy upon them} if you did not know this.

O lovers, lovers it is time
to set out from the world.
I hear a drum in my soul’s ear
coming from the depths of the stars.
Our camel driver is at work;
the caravan is being readied.
He asks that we forgive him
for the disturbance he has caused us,
He asks why we travelers are asleep.

Everywhere the murmur of departure;
the stars, like candles
thrust at us from behind blue veils,
and as if to make the invisible plain,
a wondrous people have come forth.

{The Diwan of Shams Tabrizi, XXXVI}


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