November 9 marks the anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Jami…
We honor the occasion with five of our favorite poems by Jami …
Man’s Prime Desire
Found in the book
The Persian Mystics: Jami
(Available as FREE Ebook on the page linked above)
O thou whose wisdom is the rule of kings —
(Glory to God who gave it!) — answer me:
Is any blessing better than a son?
Man’s prime desire; by which his name and he
Shall live beyond himself; by whom his eyes
Shine living, and his dust with roses blows;
A foot for thee to stand on he shall be,
A hand to stop thy falling; in his youth
Thou shalt be young, and in his strength be strong;
Sharp shall he be in battle as a sword,
A cloud of arrows on the enemy’s head;
His voice shall cheer his friends to better plight,
And turn the foeman’s glory into flight.
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
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