Lover and Beloved

punjabi-lovers

One night, Lover met with Beloved
Face to face in the lonely Garden
So tired of words and concealing secrets
Their hearts pleading: “Draw me closer, Soul Twin”

But Silence is like a rare gemstone
It glistens with expression
Yet remains shy and mute

Those who can hear
Listen for the Secret flute
Softly humming with a soothing ocean

Lover says: Deep in your Heart, Beloved
You stir up a Love potion
That paints the world in color

Somewhere, you utter romantic phrases
You are too humble and kind
Please know that you are the cause of this art

Beloved holds Lover’s gaze
And says: You are my immortal life
My body, my soul, the passion drummer of my heart

Persian santour and Punjabi Love strings
The music that assembles in celebration
Of impassioned Romance ascending on Heaven’s wings

Lover is intoxicated with Beloved
And says: You are my pulse
The blood flowing in my veins, my creed
The spirit dancer of my Being

Set foolish labels ablaze, They plead
There is no “male” or “female”
There is no dominant or subordinate

There is no law or chain of command
There is only madness
This language only Romantics understand

Lover whispers: You say I am beautiful
But in reality, I am a mirror
And you are the Sun radiating in endless splendor

I merely reflect your beauty
Everything your eyes see is your own
It’s all a part of you, even this poetry

~Broken Mystic~

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12 Comments

  1. AnonyMouse said,

    November 25, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I love these paintings! Where do you find them?

  2. brokenmystic said,

    November 25, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    lol, I can’t remember where I found this particular painting from. It was saved on my computer a while back. But I usually just run searches for Persian paintings, Iranian-Islamic art, Sufi art, and ancient Indian art.

  3. Pedestrian said,

    November 25, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hey brokenmystic!

    Nice to meet you! :-)

    Forget the movie … the makers and the actors are all bigots as far as I know. But my concern is something else: these realities (stoning, abuse, etc) do exist in my society. So do I condemn anyone who talks about them in Western media circles? If they are a reality, then how do we approach them outside our country?

    And after a lot of thought, I honestly think that we just don’t talk about them. There is already so much misplaced bias out there against us, that putting this discourse out there will only add to that. So my philosophy is “only criticize when you are inside” … When people actually understand what you’re talking about.

    And in the end, I totally disagree with the viewpoint that any positive change can be forced on any society from the outside. So what’s the point?

  4. brokenmystic said,

    November 25, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Pedestrian :)

    I’m aware that horrible things happen everywhere in the world, but I think the point is how the media reports these stories. It’s not about condemning anyone who talks about them, it’s about condemning the anti-Islamic bias that is present in mainstream Western media. For example, if a father kills his daughter because she dresses too provocatively, the religion of Islam should not be blamed. The incident should not be treated as a story that generalizes about the entire Muslim world, the religion of Islam, or Muslim people. No human being deserves to be categorized, vilified, and demonized for crimes that they themselves didn’t commit.

    The mainstream media in the West often has an agenda when they report such violence in the Muslim world. There have been many reports of mothers and parents killing their own children in the United States, but you don’t see white Christians getting stereotyped or marginalized here. Stereotypes generate more when People of Color are the criminals or murderers or rapists.

    Anyway, I appreciate the comment. LOL, this particular post is a Love poem, so we couldn’t be discussing anything more opposite! I appreciate any feedback on the post. My e-mail is in the “Contact” page, so if you wish to continue the discussion, feel free to e-mail me.

  5. AnonyMouse said,

    November 26, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Ohhh okay… I love artwork, especially paintings like these… so am always keeping my eye open for them!

  6. Hajar Alwi said,

    November 26, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Hey there,

    Swung by here from Brother Irving’s blog. Haven’t gotten to reading more of your works, though the few which I did are amazingly brilliant. The selected paintings are a superb accompaniment. :)

  7. Chickadee said,

    November 26, 2008 at 4:59 am

    I really love the picture, too. :)

  8. brokenmystic said,

    November 26, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Hajar — Thanks for swinging by! And thanks for your comments on my poem. Please continue to visit :)

    Chickadee — I really Love it too.

  9. Zaufisha'n Qureshi. said,

    February 13, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Lover and Beloved— BEAUTIFUL . I LOVE this piece of poetry.

  10. lovepreet said,

    August 13, 2009 at 2:20 am

    niice picture: punjab is the land of love. That’s probably Heer and Ranjha, or Mirza and Sahiba, two of our love legends. Great!

  11. amjad javed said,

    December 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    v v nine pic

  12. mahlaqa said,

    May 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    it is a beautiful poem reminded me of the mystic romantic poet Rumi. nice to meet u :)


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