I HAVE RELINQUISHED DUALITY . . .
What am I to do, O Muslims? for I no longer recognize myself.
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Magian, nor Muslim.
I am not of the East nor of the West, not of the land nor the sea;
I am not from nature’s mine, nor from the circling spheres.
I am not of earth, nor water, nor wind nor fire.
I am not of the heavens, nor dust, nor existence, nor entity.
I am not of India nor China, not of Bulghar, nor Saqsin;
I am not of the kingdom of Iraquain, nor the land of Khorasan.
I am not of this world, nor the next, not of Paradise nor Hell;
I am not of Adam, nor Eve, not of Eden nor Rizwan.
My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;
I am neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.
I have relinquished duality and seen the two worlds as one;
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.
He is the First, He is the Last, He is the Outward, He is the Inward;
I know of nothing but Hu [He], and none besides He Who Is.
Intoxicated with the cup of Love, the two worlds slip from my hands.
Now I have nothing to do but carousing and celebration.
If I so much as pass one moment of my life without You,
I will repent my whole life from that moment on.
If I so much as win one moment in this world with You,
I will trample the two worlds underfoot in a never-ending dance of joy.
O Shams of Tabriz, in this world I am so intoxicated that apart from drunkenness and celebration I have no tale to tell.
(after Nicholson, Selected Poems
from the Divan-i Shams-i Tabrizi, p. 31)