When I became water,
I looked like a mirage.
When I became the sea,
I looked like froth
When I became aware,
the entire world seemed forgetful.
When I became awake,
I saw I'd been asleep.
'Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition'
By David R. Fideler & Sabrineh Fideler
Working from the original Persian sources, translators and scholars David and Sabrineh Fideler offer faithful, elegant translations that represent the full scope of Sufi poetry. These concise, tightly focused meditations span only a few lines but reveal worlds of meaning. The poems explore many aspects of human life and the spiritual path, but they center on the liberating power of love.