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You Are All I Need. - a Translated Sufi Poem by a Turkish Saint

Misbah enjoys poetry and loves to convey the messages of Love through her poems.

The poem is originally written by Yunus Emre, also known as Dervis Yunus. He was a Turkish folk poet and Sufi mystic. He has a great influence on Turkish culture and literature. Like Rūmī, Yunus Emre is also a leading representative of mysticism in Anatolia, but on a more famous level; Turkish people respect him as a saint.
He has written many beautiful spiritual poems.

His poems, which are mostly concerned with Divine Love and human fate, are characterized by deep feelings. He used the standard syllabic meter of Anatolian folk poetry and wrote in a straightforward, almost austere style. His poetry influenced later Turkish mystics and inspired Turkish national poets after 1910.

I have translated one of his Sufi poems to share as a lot of western readers are not aware of Sufism (Islamic mysticism). The poem is about Divine Love.

My heart is the throne of the Beloved, the Beloved the heart's destiny: Whoever breaks another's heart will find no homecoming in this world or any other.

— Yunus Emre

Your Love took me out of me. You're all I need.
I am burning day and night. You're all I need.
I am not satisfied with riches, nor am I afraid of poverty.
Your Love is enough for me. You're all I need.
Your Love dissipates other loves; immerses them
in the sea of ​​Love. You're all I need.
Your presence fills everything.
You're all I need.
I have to drink the wine of your Love, Love you like crazy in pain.
You are my concern. You're all I need.
What they call paradise, some palaces, some gardens,
whoever wants them, give them. You're all I need.
Even if You have to kill me and Give my ashes to the wind,
My Heart will continue to say: You are all I need.
Yunus, Yunus is my name. My Love grows every day.
In this world and in the next, You are all I need.

Whatever separates you from the Truth, throw it away, it will vanish anyhow.

— Yunus Emre

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh

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