Saadi: The Throne of the Heart

For more about the Sufi poet Saadi of Shiraz, see this earlier post.

The Throne of the Heart

I sit on the throne of the heart;
That is the style of my poverty!
I am dust on my Beloved’s path;
That is my elevated state!
No need to visit the mosque for me;
Your eyebrow is a prayer arch for me.
Saadi, why this pilgrim’s garb?
Why, indeed, this ritual of hajj?
Look at my Beloved’s face;
That is the true worshiper’s place.

Tr. Mahmood Jamal

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