The Lover and The Beloved

My Beloved, don’t be heartless with me

My Beloved, don’t be heartless with me.
Your Presence is my only cure.
How can I be left with neither a heart, nor my Beloved?
Either return my heart, or do not deny me
Your Presence.

Love came and emptied me of self

Love came and emptied me of self,
every vein and every pore,
made into a container to be filled by the Beloved.
Of me, only a name is left,
the rest is You my Friend, my Beloved.

If you keep seeking the jewel of understanding

If you keep seeking the jewel of understanding,
then you are a mine of understanding in the making.
If you live to reach the Essence one day,
then your life itself is an expression of the Essence.
Know that in the final analysis you are that
which you search for.

The day Love was illumined

The day Love was illumined,
Lovers learned from You how to burn, Beloved.
The flame was set by the Friend
to give the moth a gate to enter.
Love is a gift from the Beloved to the Lover.

In the School of Mind

In the school of mind you
learn a lot, and become
a true scholar for many to look up to.
In the school of Love, you become
a child to learn again.

If you do not give up the crowds

If you do not give up the crowds
you won’t find your way to Oneness.
If you do not drop your self,
you won’t find your true worth.
If you do not offer all you
have to the Beloved,
you will live this life free of that
pain which makes it worth living.

The sum total of our life is a breath

The sum total of our life is a breath
spent in the company of the Beloved.

When the desire for the Friend became real

When the desire for the Friend became real,
all existence fell behind.
The Beloved wasn’t interested in my reasoning,
I threw it away and became silent.
The sanity I had been taught became a bore,
it had to be ushered off.
Insane, silent and in bliss,
I spend my days with my head
at the feet of My Beloved.

Taken from “Nobody, Son of Nobody”, a collection of poems by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir.

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