What never existed

by Najmoddin Kobra

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

What never existed
     leaves nothing in the hand
          but wind
while "reality"
     offers nothing but imperfection
          and failure;
that being the case
     we can only dream
          of what never was
and as for what "really is,"
     remember:
          it doesn't exist.

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

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