The Loving Heart

This I have learned and nothing more,
Time and fortune cannot be bought,
Nor the healing potions wrought,
But by the grace our mothers taught.

Most Merciful! Most Compassionate!
You are why the poet sings!
Your smallest measure exceeds the treasure
Of all the Persian kings.

O Darvish! Tis love, I swear by God,
Not pride, nor wealth, nor tears,
Nor any elixir made by man,
Can give you one more hour than your allotted span.

Joy is the wellspring,
Flowing with the blood to every body part,
Like a many tributaried river,
From the Source of all …The Loving Heart.

- Irving Karchmar, ©  July 2007

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15 Responses to The Loving Heart

  1. Merryweather says:

    Salam :)
    The poem makes me wistful.
    Beautiful.

  2. Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    Very lovely. It is light and airy but actually so deep.

  3. otowi says:

    I love this poem

  4. Irving says:

    Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

    Thank you so much for the kind and generous comments :) It is actually an old poem that I came across and reworked, and so Alhamdulillah, for the inspiration to make it more than it was.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Achelois says:

    My God! This is so beautiful! Mashallah brother you have the real gift.

  6. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum dear brother Irving, JazakumuLlahu khairan for your endless “nectar sweet” sharings; deep stirrings of the heart, May He Subhanahu wa Ta’ala indeed turn our hearts to Him seeking the Source, and live accordingly, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  7. ~JehanZeb~ says:

    God Bless You : ) “From the Source of all …The Loving Heart” – so delicately and Beautifully put.

  8. April says:

    Dear brother Irving,

    The Loving Heart is the fruit of Truth : ) Praise be to Him the most Loving for blessing you with this Truth sharing power which in turn blesses all those you’ve shared it with. Thank you :) and thank you for seeing ‘all sparks..’ the way you did! You’ve given it a different dimension and that has added more meaning! Thank you!

  9. Darwisiy says:

    I have made Thee the Companion of my heart,
    But my body is here for those that desire its company,
    And my body is friendly towards its guest,
    But the Beloved of my heart is the guest of my soul.
    —Rabi’a al-Adawiyya of Basraa-

  10. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind comments :) Ameen to your prayer, dear sister Almiskeenah, and April, I really loved your poem :) And brother Darwisiy, the lovely Rabia poem is used as an opening to one of the chapters of Master of the Jinn, each of which begins with a poem or quote :)

    Ya Haqq!

  11. an excellent expression from the poet of loving heart .

    mashallah!

  12. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai

    Ma sha Allah. Beautiful, truly beautfiul

    Ya Haqq

  13. Yes, you are right – the most important part of everything is love. Inspiring!

  14. haamidah says:

    This is very beautiful! just discovered it
    I will be linking to this inshaAllah

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