Love Poem – Gladly Then did the World Arise

Gladly then did the world arise
By that one mighty word of power… Love!
From any other word quite apart
It rejoices in the willing heart
And binds the planets to their skies
And shines in You the brighter to my eyes

Night, come bring the dippers and Orion’s belt
To gird the firmament and bind us to His boundless will
That my heart, which has never felt such sentiment
May feel it then the deeper still

Give it not to chance then, nor say instead ’twas fate
That we have met in time who might have met too late
In the understanding of two hearts that may for earlier years amend
As our time flows like a river, unfelt til journeys end

– Irving Karchmar, © 1986

8 Responses to Love Poem – Gladly Then did the World Arise

  1. Aaminah says:

    Beautiful, mashaAllah.

    You know, what I really love about GOOD love poetry is that anyone can connect to it. You can read it as being written to the Beloved, or toward your shaykh, or between you and your mortal lover. So whatever stage in life you are at, wherever your preoccupation currently is, you can still relate to the poem if you have love. For those of us who are caught up in human love with a spouse, we can feel this kind of lovely poetry…and inshaAllah we will have a deeper appreciation of it still when we move on to deeper loves.

  2. Karen says:

    That’s amazing, that’s just so cool! What a find.

    Allah is Beautiful, and He loves Beauty!

  3. Karen says:

    Well the poem is indeed lovely. I thought I was posting on the amazing Florida scientific site. But hey, they are both wonderful and amazing! :)

  4. You are also wonderful and amazing, dear sister Karen:)

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Karen says:

    HA! Then surely it is the work of the Architect and in spite of all my doing. ;)

  6. Marla Gagnum says:

    Dear Irving,
    Your poem touched me so deeply when you recited it at the party last night. Thank you so much for sending it to me.
    All the best,

  7. Amina says:

    i got myself into mesmerizing mood today and later saw ur poem, very moving!
    somehow it reminded me of another one:

    When you are with everyone but Me, you are with no one.
    When you are with no one but Me, you are with everyone.
    Instead of being so bound up with everyone,
    be everyone.
    When you become that many,
    you are nothing.




  8. seiyfuyesuf says:

    Beautyfull,mashallah a.w.w i am single ethiopian muslim and i went areal love to marri and can help me out from ethiopia by scholarship or by any means which it be possiple .

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