Robe Turquoise replied:
An Apology and Warning
Dear friend, I apologise
If that is how you feel.
You must not be affected so.
My words fail me.
Perhaps silence is best. Or worst.
I did not intend to offend.
Please note that I too did
Traverse the known world aforetime,
With tattered map, and battered boots
(Till compass was re-found)
On foot, a-sail, hazarding brigand and pirate
In lowly, incline, disgrace
To suffer those ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’
Paying a high prince for my procrastinations –
Dilly-dallying with time, wasting away thoughts with strife…
Try worry not with indecision,
The destroyer of delights1 will set you aright.
“If it be now…” or
“If it be not now” – “the readiness is all.”
No more on that!
Those healed wounds oftentimes split anew
When I stop to memory-whistle a tune…
But they heal over
Again, quick as life, when I dhikr2
By action the cause of my being…
…And when you issue a complaint
And my tone? Why yes!
I know it seems much to ‘barking mad’ discordant so,
But sometimes – we are so conditioned to such falsities
So habitual, so ‘set
In our own ways’ – that to monotone statements
Of hyper-polite nothings is
Keeping us further, yet further unmoved.
Please, dear friend, we are mind-lead
Away from truth every second breath
And fail, at first, to contextualise our lives from the lies.
Be better. Be wise…
By Arif uz Zaman
For the REPLY to this poem, please read Love Divine.
For the PROBLEMATIC poem, to which this is the reply, please read Hope i.
To find out more about ‘the Dialogue Poems’ please read this.
2 Remembrance. That is ‘of God’. (‘Dhikr’ is pronounced ‘th [as in ‘the’] – ik – er)
3 As-Sami (One of the Ninety Nine Names of God)
4 Al-Wali (One of the Ninety Nine Names of God)
5 As-Samad (One of the Ninety Nine Names of God)
6 Al-Hadi (One of the Ninety Nine Names of God)