THE PAINS OF LOVE


        Love caught fire within my heart, and burned and blazed.
        Smoke whirling in the wind wbgpped me like something crazed.
        Fate caught me, spinning me upon its wheel.
        who came to see me through the eyes of real desire?
        Separation was a storm - both flood and fire.

        Swept on, I gained the shores of love, shrpwrecked - so null
        Real and unreal were hurricanes within my skull.
        Ifell exhausted, lost in wonderment.
        When love unsheathed its dagger yes, I caught its blade!
        Love stripped me naked, left me stranded without shade.

        My body held no strength, my coipse no uttering soul
        I staggered round, confused and far from whole,
        Not weary or alert, alive or dead.
        A cloud of sorrow sank to hide my sacrtfice,
        As destiny's key turned and locked me in its vice.

        I had to fight to make griefs spectre disappear:
        But Love instructed me and made the problem clear
        Love sorrowed and assisted me to heal.
        When beauty bloomed, it brought spring joys of a fresh start.
        I have to say all th is, dear friends ! It broke my heart.

        0, hopeful slave to the beloved's charms, whereby
        I lost my heart ! A songbird of sweet tongues was I -
        Encaged ! But separation scorched my soul.
        Then yearning burned me up, to ash was turned my mind.
        And Makhtumkuli's life was tossed upon the wind.