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Gary C. Wilkens

 

YEMENI SONG

as honey blends with milk
we come together in
the quiet velvet night

you are pale silk scarves
wrapping a thousand roses,
jasmine in the warm wind

you put the sweet almond cake
on my lips, place the wet
strings of your hair in my hands

your eyes weep the rain,
your breath blows the wind,
I am the wet petals you scatter-

dew drops and butterflies
in yellow sunshine whisper
these love words- I can not.




SONG OF RABIA-I-BASRA

let me not love thee
from fear of wrath
let me not see thee
from hope for gain
let me look on thee
for the beauty of thy face,
beauty I cannot see
with my eye
beauty I cannot know
with my mind
beauty I can feel
within my heart,
where thou hast built
thy marble temple
where thou hast lain
red-yellow flowers
where thou hast hid
the treasure of thyself



RUMI TO SALALDIN


I.
Goldsmith, put down thy hammer,
God beats a truer rhythm
on the purer metal
of thy heart-
come turn with me
here in the street
amid the dust
beside the camels
we will dance the
sema of union,
the lover spinning
around the pole of
his Beloved-
I spin around you.

II.
I will be the flute
you will be the breath,
you will make me write
the words that tell
of how the lover
seeks the Beloved
like water seeks
the still pool,
how the Friend is a treasure
drawing a map to itself,
how love is a fish
fashioning its own hook-
how I seek to snare you.



©Gary C. Wilkens

 



 
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