I wandered stray throughout the land
And raced across the burning sand
My mind had sought to seek the sight
That strips the veil of darkened night
My quest had sent me far and wide
A journ’ at times without a stride
I spent my nights by Kaabah’s walls
And days in idol-houses halls
I too was swinging like a corpse
From end to end to endless doors
At times with books, at times with thoughts
At times in search of saintly sports
Some days were spent with pen in hand
And many passed in barren land
I wandered in the wilderness
And found the world of restlessness
Recoiling in myself like waves
Roaming like the desert whirlwinds
A journ’ without a guide I found
For which there was no end nor bound
It was an endless pit- abyss!
I sought the end of answers- bliss!
Around the streets I roamed on end
Within my hand, a cup I held
Aloof from Man, the wine I sought
Was rare- with gold cannot be bought
Until, at last, your love arrived!
A crack of dawn to leave behind
The cold and dark, the starless night
Which was itself in search of light
Your love had blown the stormy cloud
and spread the sunray you endowed
Its spark assailed my inner pot
And freed it from the Gordian knot
It was your love that set me free
It was your love that let me be!
You gave my blinded bud an eye
And taught my shackled soul to fly!
The idol-house was now no more
It had become a shrine so pure
You gave me gifts of silent joy
And brought to life an empty toy
In rapture, I was off my feet
And from myself became discrete
The force of what you taught my heart
Had blessed me with another art
You turned my darkness into light
And threw my dust to heavens height
My stranded ship had found a port
From endless seas a shore was caught
So now I have no tale to share
Since lovers robe I came to wear
The words of Men are now but naught
For every need one seeks, you brought
Your love, my love, has placed a seed
To love, to burn, to melt and bleed!
About the Author: Muhammad Umair holds an LL.B and LL.M in Law (University of Birmingham). He is also a student of classical Islamic sciences. He has a wide range of interests including spirituality, history, philosophy and international relations. In his spare time he enjoys playing Cricket and traveling. He tweets at @MUmair_92.