Mar 10 2010

Zeynep Hatun – I am a fountain, You are my water

Published by at 10:09 am under Poetry

I am a fountain, You are my water
by Zeynep Hatun

English version by Murat Yagan

I am a fountain, You are my water.
I flow from You to You.

I am an eye, You are my light,
I look from You to You.

You are neither my right nor my left.
You are my foot and my arm as well.

I am a traveler, You are my road.
I go from You to You.

— from Women in Sufism: A Hidden Treasure – Writings and Stories of Mystics Poets, Scholars & Saints, Edited by Camille Adams Helminski


/ Photo by daveeedo6 /

Don’t these lines just bring a smile to your face?

I flow from You to You.

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Today we reached another milestone with the Poetry Chaikhana: As of this morning, there are now more than 6,000 people on the Poetry Chaikhana email list. Amazing!

People are reading this email on every continent (except for Antarctica… as far as I know :-) and nearly every country, state, province, and principality. Think how wide-reaching the Poetry Chaikhana community has become.

I encourage you to take a moment and read a note I posted about a year ago on the Poetry Chaikhana Around the World. It can give a deeper sense of whom you are sharing these poems with.

Many blessings!

I am a traveler, You are my road.
I go from You to You.

Zeynep Hatun

Turkey (15th Century) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Zeynep Hatun was the first significant woman poet of Ottoman Divan Poetry. As with so many love poets in the tradition, her words dance on the borderline between worldly and divine love.

In Camille Helminski’s book, Women of Sufism, we are told that:

“…Zeynep Hatun [was] one of the strong women of Sufism around whom people have gathered for light and guidance in the Ankara region of Turkey for many years…”

More poetry by Zeynep Hatun

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Zeynep Hatun – I am a fountain, You are my water”

  1. Barbara Smith Stoffon 10 Mar 2010 at 11:41 am

    Ivan…I especially appreciate today’s offering…and you for offering. Have been promising myself some time this week to work with my own poetry…did you not say at one time that I could even post some of it on your website? … there is a need to express…of course. it is that all our stories…each and every…are important.
    again…thanks for doing this!
    –bss

  2. maryann moonon 10 Mar 2010 at 11:45 am

    Oh, yes,Ivan, it surely does bring a smile because what
    we’re doing is completely surrendering and knowing that we
    are ONE WITH GOD, AT PEACE WITH ALL CREATION. I’M A
    TRAVELER AND THE ROAD I WALK ON IS GOD, THAT’S
    A LOVELY GUARANTEE THAT IT’S A SUBLIME WALK WE
    ARE WALKING, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE
    IT IS BY HIS GRACE THAT WE LIVE AND MOVE, WALK.

  3. libramoonon 10 Mar 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I sing the body electric,
    the body magnetic,
    the body in chemical ecstasy
    the body working mundanely
    the body mind personality
    I sing
    becoming vibration
    moving through time and space
    moving mental cognitions
    of paradigms and conditions
    movement of formless masses
    chanting together
    moving together
    becoming a people
    becoming a common complaint,
    a common solution
    a body of common sensation
    able at last to relate
    difference to difference
    thesis to synthesis
    because we are not the same
    bodies sharing a common name
    yet each our own rhyme and reason
    not about hatred or blame
    curing a common disease when
    body to body
    mind to mind
    we become each in our own way
    divine

  4. aparnaon 11 Mar 2010 at 12:03 am

    ..from You to You….. from You to You……..from YOU TO YOU…………………Oh Ivan!!! I can stutter till infinity and never be able to explain how much your work has sustained me over the last four years!! The beginning of my journey, the journey itself,……and who knows, i might dissolve in the fragrance one day…..every step- a beginning…..from Thee to Thee!!! <3 you for being!!! Love and light!!

  5. aparnaon 11 Mar 2010 at 12:07 am

    … and here i fell in love all over again…..(with Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Gabriel Rosenstock, Ivan Granger, Jim Atwell….. so many more!!) … AH!! Love in zip code reality!! ;-)

  6. Qadiron 12 Mar 2010 at 10:52 am

    It gives great thinkings for the lovers

  7. sardarion 13 Mar 2010 at 1:56 pm

    My tongue is to weak to thank all the brothers and sisters in this site who are providing such lovely poems which join heart directly. love you all…….
    M. sardari
    SHIRAZ-IRAN

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