Rabia al Basri

(717 - 801 / Basra / Iraq)

If I Adore You


If I adore You out of fear of Hell, burn me in Hell!
If I adore you out of desire for Paradise,
Lock me out of Paradise.
But if I adore you for Yourself alone,
Do not deny to me Your eternal beauty.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

From: Doorkeeper of the heart: versions of Rabia / [translated by] Charles Upton. Putney, Vt.: Threshold Books, c1988

Taken from Other Women's Voices

Comments about this poem (If I Adore You by Rabia al Basri )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. On my shoulder, Harold R Hunt Sr
  2. Out of the mouth of babies., Harold R Hunt Sr
  3. Chand Khoya He Badlo Mein, Hwa Khamoshi .., Yashvardhan Goel
  4. Later Tonight, Michael McParland
  5. summer, Harold R Hunt Sr
  6. Down by the river., Harold R Hunt Sr
  7. North vs South, Harold R Hunt Sr
  8. sleepy town, Harold R Hunt Sr
  9. What's happen?, Harold R Hunt Sr
  10. PH: Humor: Women6Verses9Men - Who's On T.., Brian Johnston

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Love After Love, Derek Walcott
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]