Daily Archives: May 5, 2009

blue for taking photo

portrait on daylight

portrait on daylight

a window from Ayazma Camii

Ayazma Camii, Ayazma Mosque, ÜSküdar, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Ayazma Camii, Ayazma Mosque, ÜSküdar, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Art never improves

yellow-red tulips, Istanbul Tulip Festival 2009, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

yellow-red tulips, Istanbul Tulip Festival 2009, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Art never improves, but… the material of art is never quite the same.
T. S. Eliot

mosque on Bosphorus

Şemsi Ahmet Paşa Camii, Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Şemsi Ahmet Paşa Camii, Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Ayazma Camii

Ayazma Camii, Ayazma Mosque, Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Ayazma Camii, Ayazma Mosque, Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Ozbekler Tekkesi

Özbekler Tekkesi, Uzbeks Tekkia, Üsküdar, İstanbul

Özbekler Tekkesi, Uzbeks Tekkia, Üsküdar, İstanbul


By the God who was in pre-eternity living and moving and omnipotent, everlasting

By the God who was in pre-eternity living and moving and omnipotent, everlasting.
His light lit the candles of love so that a hundred thousand secrets became known.
By one decree of Him the world was filled — lover and loved, ruler and ruled.
In the talismans of Shams-e Tabrizi the treasure of His marvels became concealed.
For from the moment that you journeyed forth, we became separated from sweetness like wax;
All the night we are burning like candles, paired to his flame and deprived of honey.
In separation from his beauty, my body is a waste, and the soul in it is like an owl.
Turn those reins in this direction, twist the trunk of the elephant of joy.
Without your presence concert is not lawful; music has been stoned like Satan.
Without you not one ode has been uttered, until that gracious vision of yours arrived and was understood;
Then out of the joy of hearing your letter five or six odes were composed.
May our eventide through you be radiant dawn, O you in whom Syria and Armenia and Rum glory.


Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

from Mystical Poems of Rumi: Volume 2, Translated by A. J. Arberry

istanbul on the horizon

Istanbul view for passengers

Istanbul view for passengers

gym on the tulips

portrait on the field

portrait on the field

the lover is always getting lost …

Istanbul Tulip Festival, Pentax K10d

Istanbul Tulip Festival, Pentax K10d

The Intellectual

The intellectual is always showing off;
the lover is always getting lost.

The intellectual runs away, afraid of drowning;
the whole business of love is to drown in the sea.

Intellectuals plan their repose;
lovers are ashamed to rest.

The lover is always alone,
even surrounded with people;

like water and oil, he remains apart.
The man who goes to the trouble of giving advice to a lover gets
nothing.

He’s mocked by passion.

Mevlana

red tulips, I am in Love

red tulips, Istanbul Tulip Festival, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

red tulips, Istanbul Tulip Festival, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

I am in Love

I am in Love!
I am in Love with him.
All this advise–
what’s the use?
I have drunk poison.
All this sugar
what’s the use?
You say hurry,
tie up his feet.
But its my heart that’s gone crazy,
all this rope
around my feet–
what’s the use?

Mevlana