A Moment for Reflection

  • Issue 81 / May - June 2011



    You Are the One I Need

    Yunus Emre

    Your love took me away from me, You are the One I need
    Day and night I burn gripped by agony, You are the One I need

    I find no great joy in being alive; if I cease to exist, I would not grieve,
    The only solace I have is your love; You are the One I need

    Your love slays lovers; makes them dive into the sea of love
    Fills them with the image of God; You are the One I need
    Let me drink the wine of love; like Majnun, live in the mountain of hardship,
    Day and night, You are my sole concern; You are the one I need
    The Sufis seek for friendly conversation; the Akhis look for the hereafter
    Majnuns (lovers) seek for their Leylas (beloved); You are the One I need

    Even if, at the end, they make me die; And scatter my ashes up to the sky,
    My soil would break into this outcry; You are the one I need.

    Yunus Emre, the mystic, is my name; Each passing day rouses my flame,
    What I desire in both worlds is the same; You are the one I need.

    Yunus Emre is a famous sufi poet who lived in Asia Minor in the thirteenth century.

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