"Stillness", Mansur Hallaj, translated by Mahmood Jamal

Stillness, then silence, then random speech,
then knowledge, intoxication, annihilation;

Earth, then fire, then light,
coldness, then shade, then sunlight.

Thorny road, then a path, then the wilderness.
River, then ocean, then the shore;

contentment, desire, then Love.
Closeness, union, intimacy;

closing, then opening, then obliteration,
separation, togetherness, then longing;

signs for those of real understanding
who find this world of little value.