Painting and the Painter
Said the portrait to its Painter:
“My manifestation attests to Thine unbounded Skill;
And yet what a violation of justice it is that
Thou shouldst remain hid from my sight!
The vision endowed to those that observe find it oppressive:
See for thyself how the spark burnt itself out when it saw the world!
What aught is sight but sadness, gloom, feverishness and self-torment:
Rest, or thou ignorant (of the mysteries), upon report.
What aught is report but the impotence of ratiocination and wisdom?
Vision is the eternal springtide of life.
The hustle and the bustle of the present age does not permit one
To express oneself melodiously.
Thou doth exist because the Perfection of My Art.
Do not, then, feel cast out in disappointment with Him that hath drawn thee.
I only put one condition if thou wishest to see Me:
Never disappear from thine own sight.
Translated by: Kamal M. Habib