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
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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.
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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