As Night Let its Curtains Down in Folds

by Muhyiddin ibn Arabi

English version by Michael A. Sells
Original Language Arabic

Peace, Salma, and peace
to those who halt awhile
at al-Hima. It is right
for one like me to greet you.

Would it have hurt her
to return the greeting?
Ah, but a statuette
goddess is beyond control.

They left as night
let its curtains down in folds.
I told them of a lover
strange and lost,

Surrounded by yearnings,
struck by their arrows
on target always,
wherever he goes.

She smiled, showing her side teeth.
Lightning flashed.
I couldn't tell which of the two
split the darkness.

Isn't it enough she said
I am in his heart
where each moment he sees me,
isn't it, no?

-- from Stations of Desire: Love Elegies from Ibn 'Arabi and New Poems, by Michael A. Sells

| More Poems by Muhyiddin ibn Arabi | Next Poem >>


View All Poems by Muhyiddin ibn Arabi



Recommended Books: Muhyiddin ibn Arabi

Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Quran, Miraj, Poetic and Theological Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
The Mystics of Islam
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
Perfect Harmony: (Calligrapher's Notebooks)
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
Stations of Desire: Love Elegies from Ibn 'Arabi and New Poems
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
More Books >>





As Night Let its