I Wandered Stray Throughout The Land…

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!


Photo Credit: Photo by Ruben Gutierrez on Unsplash.


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.

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