The Idol

by Ahmad Jami

English version by Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady
Original Language Persian/Farsi

As long as one tress-lip
     of the hair of your existence
     still remains
I fear the Sect
     of Self-worship
     will survive.
You claim "I broke
     the Idol of Illusion --
     I'm liberated!"
but I fear
     your Manifesto is itself
     an idol.

-- from The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry, Translated by Peter Lamborn Wilson / Translated by Nasrollah Pourjavady

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The Idol