I have come from the everlasting land
I have come from the everlasting land;
What would I do with this world here that dies?
I have revelled in the face of the Friend,
Why would I need houris from Paradise?
I have sipped, out of the Beloved’s hand,
The wine of Oneness with its mysteries;
I am so full of the scent of the Friend,
Why would I need the sweet basil’s fragrance?
I have abandoned the world, like Jesus,
So I journey far and wide through the skies;
Having seen the divine face, like Moses,
What does it mean to me to be sightless?
Like Ishmael, I am to sacrifice
My life and soul for Allah’s truth and justice;
I have surrendered myself to Thy hands,
Why would I need a ram to sacrifice?
Re-union with that Beloved of his
Gives Yunus the lover his ecstasies.
I have smashed the bottle against the stones;
What would I do with honor and prudence?