Monday, 19 December 2011

I Gaze Upon Your Beauty


At dusk, at dawn I gaze upon your beauty --



At dusk, at dawn I gaze upon your beauty --
A dazzling spectacle of rising moon and sun.

So far, the wayfarers have not discovered your footprints:
They stand staring at the stepstone of your door

Your glance of abundant grace did not satisfy;
We with the seeing eye know a glance from a glance.

Saqi, they've just arrived and taken their seats;
How is it that they've already gained intimacy?

Some you inspire with the madness of prostration:
They cannot tell their heads from your door.

Saqi, whoever comes by even a tinge of awakening
We see sitting in your assembly, oblivious to this world.

Men who are maddened by the thought of the goal
See not fellow travelers -- they are intent on the road.

Master, in what strange state your Darshan lives:
We always see his eyes moist with tears.

By Darshan Singh
(1921 - 1989)
English version by Barry Lerner and Harbans Singh Bedi

www.Poetry-Chaikhana.com

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      September 13 at 8:24pm ·  ·  1

    • the things you share, Jawaid come from a depth of soul that often (for me) need to be touched. I appreciate the beauty you cultivate and share. thanks for tagging me in this amazing poem. Hope you are having a good day!
      September 13 at 8:28pm ·  ·  3

    • Roxana Jones · Friends with Gerdus Kruger and 1 other
      Wonderful Jawaid, thank you for this beautiful gift! :) ♥
      September 13 at 8:32pm ·  ·  1

    • Therese Budowski Thank you, dear Jawaid! I kiss you!
      September 13 at 9:16pm ·  ·  1

    • Metha Buysman · Friends with Noor Hussain and 9 others
      thank you so much Jawaid for sharing with me ♥
      September 13 at 9:48pm ·  ·  1

    • Thank you Jawaid...it's wonderful!!!!
      September 13 at 10:46pm ·  ·  1

    • Henk Lütter Great poem Jawaid, thank you for tagging me.
      September 13 at 11:12pm ·  ·  1

    • Dorje Vajra · Friends with Vincent Cole and 1 other
      Wow! Thanks for tagging and this wonderful gift. ))) Namaste dear friend
      September 14 at 2:36am ·  ·  1

    • we always see his eyes moist with tears..... eyv'Allah.....Huuuuuu♥
      September 14 at 5:21am ·  ·  1

    • Mary Dunlop · Friends with Ranjan Ravi and 2 others
      Very poignant...♥
      September 14 at 11:27am ·  ·  1

    • Mary Plaga · Friends with Ranjan Ravi and 2 others
      Dear Jawaid, this is a very beautiful poem....I am honoured ~ thank you very much for the beautiful tag...blessings to embrace ♥
      September 14 at 6:19pm ·  ·  1

    • Kerry Guy This is a great poem my friend ..Thank You ♥
      September 15 at 1:36am ·  ·  1

    • Shakti Maa · Friends with Ranjan Ravi and 1 other
      A few changes and she could present and sit in meditation, i always think of a God as joyful, seeing eyes though shows the reality which is not most of the time,, thank u.
      September 15 at 11:34am ·  ·  1

    • Vera Verica Pavic ♥Thank you dear friend...so beautiful.Best regards!
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      September 15 at 1:32pm ·  ·  1

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      October 21 at 1:37am ·  ·  1



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