Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Speechless Experience of Love

عاشقی پیداست از زاری دل
The sign of being in love is seen from the helplessness of heart
نیست بیماری چو بیماری دل
there is no malady that compares to the sickness of love
علت عاشق ز علتها جداست
the sickness of the lover is different from other ailments
عشق اصطرلاب اسرار خداست
love is the astrolabe (compass) of Divine secrets
عاشقی گر زین سر و گر زان سرست
Love that is fickle, settling sometimes here, sometimes there
عاقبت ما را بدان سر رهبرست
nonetheless guides us towards the ultimate domain of true Love
هرچه گویم عشق را شرح و بیان
however much i seek to describe love in words
چون به عشق آیم خجل باشم از آن
I am chagrined and speechless when I encounter love
گرچه تفسیر زبان روشنگرست
Although verbal explanations help clarify 
لیک عشق بی‌زبان روشنترست
But speechless love is clearer still
چون قلم اندر نوشتن می‌شتافت
in a rush to write, the pen in midflight
چون به عشق آمد قلم بر خود شکافت
encountering love it could only break apart
عقل در شرحش چو خر در گل بخفت
Struggling to elaborate on it, the intellect sunk deeper in quicksand  
شرح عشق و عاشقی هم عشق گفت
for the story of love can only be told by Love.

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