Throughout the night it said
what every priest in mosque and temple says,
into the flower’s ear whispering as it wept:
What fire is this, O Lord? City after city is burning.
The reason turned into pitch-smoke, ifs and buts are burning.
The roof's aflame, the walls come down, the rooms ablaze
Houses light up houses, person after person is burning.
You’re fraught with words, better go sit in water;
For they swell with meaning and glow more in water.
Look for the heart in the chest and roast it on embers
Look for the blood in the liver and drink it in water.
An unknown doubt came in sight, despite all insight:
And we fell for the darkness in a morning clearly bright.
Under the dense shade of trees, look, shadows dissolve
It's like the mid-day scorching sun, in a late afternoon breeze.
My love provides this desert with
Your lovely hair's luxuriant shade.
Time and gain your memory
Knocks wildly at the door of my heart.