sleep is the only respite
my longing for You
rises with the sun
gaining strength
on the heat of the day
that its gnawing hunger be fed

a mighty tiger
behind the bars of my ribcage
that needs the open spaces of
Your Presence
to breathe and be free

i am astounded:
how did it end up here?
did You make me a promise
at some beginning
that i have forgotten
and only
the tiger’s insistent hunger remembers?

why else
would Your absence make me suffer like this!


10th June 2010. For more contemporary sufi poetry in english, please visit Sufi Poetry English.

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