What Was

by Ala al-Dawla Simnani

English version by David and Sabrineh Fideler
Original Language Persian/Farsi

Once I was here,
but now "I" am not:

If there's really a "me,"
     it could only be you.

If any robe warms
and encompasses me now,
that very robe --
     it could only be you.

In the way of your love,
nothing was left --
neither body nor soul.

If I have any body --
If I have any soul --
then, without question,
     it could only be you.

-- from Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition, Translated by David Fideler / Translated by Sabrineh Fideler

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What Was