Looking For Your Own Face Poem by Farid ud-Din Attar

Looking For Your Own Face



Your face is neither infinite nor ephemeral.
You can never see your own face,
only a reflection, not the face itself.
So you sigh in front of mirrors
and cloud the surface.
It's better to keep your breath cold.
Hold it, like a diver does in the ocean.
One slight movement, the mirror-image goes.
Don't be dead or asleep or awake.
Don't be anything.
What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.

Translated by: Coleman Barks

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Soulful Heart 25 February 2014

Beautiful.......so true the image we make is what the mirror shows or what the perciever believes... thanks for translating.....and sharing

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