Looking for Your Face, by Rumi


From the beginning of my life I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it.
Today I have seen the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace of the face that I was looking for.
Today I have found you,
and those who laughed and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking as I did.

I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty
and wish to see you with a hundred eyes.
My heart has burned with passion
and has searched forever for this wondrous beauty that I now behold.

I am ashamed to call this love human
and afraid of God to call it divine.

Your fragrant breath like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden.
You have breathed new life into me
I have become your sunshine and also your shadow.

My soul is screaming in ecstasy
Every fiber of my being is in love with you.
Your effulgence has lit a fire in my heart
and you have made radiant for me the earth and sky.
My arrow of love has arrived at the target.
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart is a place of prayer.

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