As sunlight is attributed to the moon, so is the Beloved’s form ascribed to the lover; but in truth

As sunlight is attributed to the moon, so is the Beloved’s form ascribed to the lover; but in truth

each image painted
on the canvas of existence
is the form
of the artist himself.
Eternal Ocean
spews forth new waves.
“Waves” we call them;
but there is only the Sea.

by Fakhruddin Iraqi
English version by William Chittick and Peter Lamborn Wilson
Original Language Persian/Farsi

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