Why all this talk of buying and selling?
What you need is already inside you.
Love’s caravan is ready to depart, O merchant,
The camels are laden with treasures untold
Come! Bargains are to be found on the Way.
All you possess in exchange for nothingness.
Sell all you have in the world’s marketplace
In exchange, receive only the love of the Friend.
Earthly jewels are but shining baubles
His jewels are the stars without end
Tarry no longer, the blessed sun rises!
This is the hour when travelers depart
Alhamdulillah! A thousand surprises
Await on the path of the Heart.
- Irving Karchmar, August 2007