Poetry, VOLUME 12

Jami – Eight Poems by the Sufi Poet

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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