this love -- O Bulleh -- tormenting, unique

by Bulleh Shah

English version by Fuad Usman Khan
Original Language Punjabi

this love -- O Bulleh -- tormenting, unique
the face of the idol akin to the divine in heaven
can there be divinity without my beloved
even if I have to contest the scriptures
this love is fearless, marches to death in defiance
dances and whirls like a street prostitute,
to win a single smile from the beloved

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