NaPoWriMo Day 9 – A Day Out to Nirvana (from Ithaca)

Jumeirah Open Beach - Dubai

Jumeirah Open Beach – Dubai

As you set your day out to Nirvana
May it be very long – full of happiness, full of love
The Hatred and the Guilt, and the vicious Pride –
do not think of them, such never exists
As long as your thought is set high, and your heart
and emotion connect to your spirit and soul.
The Hatred and the Guilt, and the vicious Pride –
you will never meet them on the way
unless you let them seat in your soul,
unless your soul raise them and make a dwelling in you.

May it be very long – full of happiness, full of love
Now that the summer has dawned, you see the ports
With lots of laughter and gratitude, you see it the first time
To ride on a wooden boat, to gallop with horses,
to stop on a trading souqs and to buy good merchandise –
Iranian textiles to colorful ceramics, fragrant
cinnamon, frankincense and incense of every kind,
herbs and spices as amply as you can;
To visit many sikkas and cities
to acquire pearls of knowledge from the learned.

Think of Nirvana wherever you maybe
Arriving there is what you set-out for
But set your pace in tune with Sun, or
Let it last for hours and hours
So that when you reach the island you are aged,
Aged with richness of wisdom gained on the journey,
Not expecting Nirvana to give you abundance.
Nirvana gave you a marvelous adventure
She’s the reason why you have set-out on your way.

And if you found her deserted and poor, Nirvana hasn’t deceived you
What have you become, of such experience and the journey
With that you’ll have understood what this Nirvana mean.

(Re-written Poem from C.P. Cavafy’s Ithaca)

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