Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sweet on the tongue

Sweet on the tongue

They gave You a name,
nectar in our mouths --

they called You Mercy.
Other names would have sufficed --

Purity ... Valor ... Fidelity --
but not quite hit the mark.

Mercy is what we're begging for
with Your name on our lips.

O Meher -- Compassionate One,
sweet on the tongue,

the sacred Rose around which
a multitude of nightingales --

Your name in their throats --
gathers and sings, hoping to catch Your ear.

O child of God, the Beloved has a thousand names.
Call Him by the one that drips like sugar 
          from your lips and tongue.

                      (from A Jewel in the Dust)

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