Will You Be My Lover? IZHAARBIR SINGH
I close my eyes and remember a time
When there it lay, it lay
Unopened, unlocked, too good to be true
In my bed, there it lay
In my hands, there it lay
In my soul, there it lay
The perfect Love for which I endlessly prayed
Sweet, beautiful, ever so elegant, there it lay
In a sea of roses we once played
Mountains of gold, we saw pass away
Rolling down this valley, we were
We were so lost, lost in lovable embrace
And just like it came
It started to roll away
Maybe it wasn’t meant to be
Just like any joy ride,
Following joy is always misery
And so I inevitably, unforgivably
Hit a bump, and we began to drift
I lied, and I cheated
And what was once so perfect
From my hands started to slip
On a slippery slope of fate, it slid
Through sad eyes, and painful tears I see
In the arms of cunning mistresses, I’ve laid
In the beds of temptress beauties, I’ve laid
I’ve crossed all lines of what’s moral
I’ve been in bed with devil’s bouquet
Something in me yet dares to say
Will you still be my lover?
Now, having seen beauties of all array
I am forced to fall on my feet
Hang my head down in dismay
How could I have strayed?
Nothing more so perfect, had there lay
O there it had so elegantly lay
In rivers of shame has my soul bathe
Have come out cleansed, no longer desire’s prey
Had I not continuously failed, would I?
Realize the perfection in our lovable embrace
Wanting to show you I’ve fixed my ways
Realized how perfect you are; I was devil’s prey
Love for you flowing through my veins
I beg on my knees and say
Will you be my lover?
October 2, 2012
Conversation about this article
1: Balpreet Kaur (Moline, Illinois,.USA), October 02, 2012, 11:45 AM.
Throughout the poem, I thought of Japji and the Guru Granth. Beautiful, coming home to God's Word.
2: Izhaarbir Singh (Madison, Wisconsin, USA), October 02, 2012, 3:34 PM.
Balpreet Kaur ji: It is awesome to see that someone reading the poem thinks of their relationship with Shabad Guru. As someone that enjoys Sufi poetry, I enjoyed writing in a way that this poem could be read secularly or spiritually, leaving it to the reader's interpretation and connection. =)
3: Bakshish Singh (Chandigarh, Punjab), October 02, 2012, 4:31 PM.
For me too, love poetry is at its best when the lover is interchangeable between the secular and the spiritual. The duality elevates it to the universal level and it touches us in every sphere of our life. Your poem, Izhaarbir ji, has achieved that so magnificently.
4: Rosalia (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), October 02, 2012, 4:31 PM.
Beautiful poem. Thank you to the poet for writing it and to sikhchic.com for posting it.