Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ON WANTING TO BE A SUFI

ON WANTING TO BE A SUFI 
© Farouk Asvat 

     for Jalal'uddin Rumi, who brought me here

There are obstacles to being a sufi:
The chrome chairs in the lounge,
Allah engraved on aluminium panels in the corridor,
Bronze statues in the heart,
And leaden Buddhas sitting in the stomach;
Silver chains hanging around your neck
And platinum bangles tinkling around your ankles;
In the imams whose names are longer than the kalimah,
In the white robe of the pilgrim,
And the untrimmed beard of the believer;
In the pewter jugs filled with holy water,
And in the sparkling pleasures of your desires:
There are obstacles to being a sufi.

     There's an emptiness in your chest
     Where your heart used to beat;
     There's a void in the heavens
     Where God used to sit.

          So do not go looking for God.
          He will find you.
          He is not only in the stars;
          He is also in the almond tree
          Blossoming in your garden.

               so be silent.
               be still.
               sacrifice yourself
               in the name of Allah.
               and in the feast of an empty stomach
               you will find Him dancing on your tongue
               laughing with you.


© farouk asvat

composed: 26.10.2004, 05h00, after dawn,
                  11 ramaDwaan 1425
                  [johannesburg, south africa].

[] Acknowledgements:

On Wanting To Be A Sufi was previously published in:

     Goodreads (usa, 10.12.2011, January 2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (02.02.2016);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (kindle, 2015);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (amazon paperback, p57, 2015).

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the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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NEW: the NOVEL Before The Deluge by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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