You are the Pain and You are the Cure

O Beloved, Your arrows sting the heart
Unmercifully. Yet I shall ever be
A relentless target
To the golden bow and endless quiver.

Allah! Allah! Allah!

No sorrow has Haadi but You,
No hope but You, no joy but You,
You are the pain, and You are the cure.

Allah! Allah! Allah!

You are the pain, and You are the cure.

- Irving Karchmar, © 1992  (a ghazal from Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel)

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One Response to You are the Pain and You are the Cure

  1. mshahin says:

    So short but so filled with truth! Allah is the pain and the cure – what truth that strikes the heart. One of my favorite of your poems. May Allah bless you and your beautiful writing :-)

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