You are my first thought
In morning light

You are my last thought
In the dark of night

With every action

With every goodness

You are the laughter
On my child’s face

You are the moon and stars
Of the upward glance

You are the pain and cure
Of every ailment

No joy but You
No hope but You

And in the end
“La illaha illAllah!”
No I but You.

– Irving Karchmar, © April 2007

17 Responses to You

  1. Karen says:

    BRA-VO! my friend. I love it. Mind if that one gets printed out and put into my journal? It will have good company.

  2. Shaheen says:

    Its really Beautiful Poem….
    Jazakallah for posting it!

  3. Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    Are you submitting for the Sufi Poetry carnival in May?

  4. seeker94 says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Subhaanallah!

  5. Suroor says:


  6. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kindness of your comments :) Karen, of course you may, I am honored :) Aaminah, yes I did enter this poem into the carnival. Inshallah, there will be many beautiful poems much worthier than mine.

    Ya Haqq!

  7. naveed says:

    i love it. thank you =)

  8. Merryweather says:

    soul-stirring! :)

    p.s: Thank you for this wonderful site.

  9. priya says:

    it is wonderful .what a beautiful thought.thank you dear brother

  10. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Junayd may Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him said: “Whosoever repeats the Name of the Lord merges into the Name and the Name merges into the Lord.”
    “No I but You”…sublime!
    Wassalamu alaikum

  11. harmonie22 says:

    That was truly beautiful.

  12. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Baba Dervish,

    Allah, Allah! What a beautiful poem. A drop of Love from the Beloved’s vast Oceans indeed! Quick, pour us out some more. We’re all dying of thirst! :)

    Abdur Rahman

  13. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Once again Irving bhai,

    It just occured to me to invite you to the Poetry Chaikhana Forum. I should have done so before, but I must have assumed you already knew about it. If so, forgive my intrusion. If not, you can find it here:

    Ma’as salama,
    Abdur Rahman

  14. sf says:

    Salaams Brother Irving,

    Alhamdulillah! Spendidly sublime, indeed!

    Jazaak Allah Khair for this blessed sharing.


  15. […] You.  A spiritual poem of the first order by our worthy brother Irving (aka Baba […]

  16. Mimi says:

    No I but You …

    Beautiful poetry you have here my friend.

  17. Rabu says:

    beautiful poem! I like it very much.

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