Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fakhr al-Din Iraqi - How long...

How long will you stick with the monastery's worshipful habits?
For the prisoner of habit, obedience and self-denial are but disbelief.
As long as you cannot jump free of your own embrace,
your worship is bound to a temple of devilish idols.
Pawn your soul at the tavern to buy one sip
but do not try to trade on piety – the coin is debased.
How long will you stand dry-lipped on the shore of desire?
Hurl yourself –now!– into the infinite sea
that the traceless ocean may wash away all trace
and the shark of ecstasy swallow you in one bite.


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