Treasure Island

Sadiqullah Khan

*Slow the Love

The beloved’s street I avoided
In repentance of the sin in puritan desires
I held to the world my hands for alms
For songs for the beloveds of Solomon
From Song of Songs I brought on air
With magic of love from underneath
The suspended poems and voices from distance
I came across Vedas and imaginations absurd

A heart of gold I found on the way
A princess Indian when she saw the glitter
To her in gift for she shall adore it to worship
Some small lines from the Chinese wisdom
I followed the line of the great traveler
From north of Africa into the caves of Far
Flamboyance from Arabia and Persian way
A friend old there and the tavern old
The wine new the goblet rusted

A lament to a beauty a sigh of relief
The old woman’s hands for her blessings
Slow and slow when the horse of my will
In tired repose entered the city of love
Past the tavern and the saki in veil
Slow and slow the beloved was singing
Still my song alive on the lips
Lost she says she has her heart

Bring thy glance slow and slow
Slow and slow shall my love unveil
When your heart is the holiest of places
Why ambulate in circles and rituals
Slow the love slow the intoxication
Red wine slow in abundance tonight

P.S This poem completes the triangle with the other two poems “I Search You” and “When You Were Dancing”.

Submitted: Thursday, January 22, 2009
Edited: Sunday, February 08, 2009

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  • Anjali Sinha (1/22/2009 12:04:00 PM)

    *** SLOW THE LOVE ***

    Slow the love,
    slow the intoxication
    Yes slow the love
    and slow the intoxication
    in abundance tonight
    the red wine flows
    slow and slow thy glance do bring
    Towards my heart-the holiest of places

    Drunk have I,
    from the goblet rusted, .
    red wine of your love that floweth.
    When in flamboyance
    thou enter the city of love,
    unveil thy love,
    to this thy princess
    in the Garden of Eden’s Paradise,
    sans ambulations and rituals.
    Slow the love
    slow the intoxication.

    Traversed have I,
    deserts of solitude
    oasis of honey my embrace,
    In taverns of yore
    For the old woman’s blessings
    In her hands I seek,
    the knowledge
    of the vedas unveiled,
    to ask for advice
    for lost I say
    is my heart
    to this pilgrim unkown

    oh let me seek
    thy glance,
    a bit of it
    Anoint me
    with the musk of the oil
    That flows
    from the depths of your heart,
    In poems
    and in sweet verses,
    where thou shall sing
    to my heart of gold.
    With magic of love
    from underneath (Report) Reply

  • Reshma Ramesh (1/22/2009 7:51:00 AM)

    beautiful write yet again sadiq..........and a superb sequel to the other two poems....iam your biggest fan ever........... (Report) Reply

  • sumaira (1/22/2009 7:30:00 AM)

    Wow! Wonderfully write... Different moods of hidden lov shown in a very senseible way... Powerful words! +10 4 u dear... (Report) Reply

  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (1/22/2009 4:20:00 AM)

    The journey to the enchanting holiest of places, my song still alive on her lips, tranquilled by the glitters on the princess's face, slow the love, cuz love is in redundance tonite.Beautiful and enchanting verses Sadiqullah! (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Davidson (1/22/2009 3:46:00 AM)

    Absolutly beautiful Sadiqullah...lovely to read with it's slow flow of words...thank you...Fi (Report) Reply

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