“Lost and Found: Seeking the Light of the Imam”
By Sujjawal Ahmad
I wandered lonely with heart so intoxicated
Through a deserted land so much isolated;
As I searched around for some life or person,
Fear surrounded me making me worsen;
No voice no sound could reach to ears,
And sand rippled to form small smears;
Far away where I could not see even a single shadow
In the land where grew no grass, no plant no meadow;
Crazy winds that crashed over me elapsed,
All the way seemed laughing at my lapse;
To the winds that rippled without any choice,
My soul spoke with a soundless voice:
What I carried and what I left behind?
O mindless one, they replied:
You carried your body and left your intellect behind.
My very being surrounded with clouds of uncertainty,
My soul then looked up to blue skies in agony;
O Blessed Elias come soon, I search for you and I seek for you!
I have steadfast all my heart and hope in you;
You are the path, the light of my saddened heart
You are a thought that lives to join broken hearts;
You calm souls in the world redeemed;
Let now this wayfarer, at the last, know his relief.
A door then opened!
And God’s mercy shown upon a worthless soul;
What I want in life for more than that,
A company of his holy presence,
And a vision of his blessed countenance,
For the Light of Imam of Age has now touched my soul…!