What Has Happened To Them? Poem by Mohammad Younus

What Has Happened To Them?



Many a lover jumped into this fathomless ocean of love since a long time afore;
What has happened to them?
Some could dive deep to the bottom and came ashore with scores of pearls;
What has happened to them?
Some drowned and became prey to sharks and never came ashore;
What has happened to them?
Some only on the surface could swim and by strong currents the wretched were sailed away;
What has happened to them?

Many a lover desired to pass through the deserts of love to reach Mecca, the abode of love;
What has happened to them?
Some heard the camel bells and followed the Mir-e-Caravan,
What has happened to them?
Some heard not the camel bells but still waited for the Mir-e-caravan...
...but the Mir-e-caravan did never arrive and eh they missed the caravan;
What has happened to them?
Some walked all alone through the night to see the beloved at dawn but the dawn did not come;
What has happened to them?
Some travellers en route on moonless nights still walk on;
What has happened to them?
Some on the moonless paths by good luck found a light beacon and so continued traveling on;
What has happened to them?

What is this Satan who beguiles and leads the lovers astray?
Many of our friends and co-travellers were lost on the way,
What has happened to them?
Those who lit these blazing fires of love,
What has happened to them?
Those who raised the mad cries of Hallaj,
What has happened to them?
This is the story of love, don't ask me what has happened to them.

MyKoul

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