A Wondrous Nightingale


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One whose heart is aflame with love is a wondrous nightingale that opens its beak to chew roses and swallow thorns.

The roses taste sweet in its beak but the thorns are excruciating its chest.

That is the destiny of everyone who dares to set the fire of love in their heart,

For the clouds have painted it in the sky and the foam has sculpted it in water.

It has been written by The Invisible Hand.

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Now you realize that love is a disease without remedy, but you also need to realize that your beloved is a treasure without end.

To refute this is to deny the glare of the sun in a bright day.

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Thus, seek love even if it breaks your heart and aches your soul.

Drink from the cup of love even if it tastes bitter,

For every drop drunk from the cup of love brings you closer to enlightenment

And a drop drunk wholeheartedly brings you closer to eternity.

 

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Friends,

I was featured, for the first time ever, in a Pakistani-based website maintained by SAJ Shiraz. And the poem above was written for that joyous occasion, with a different title: A Heart Aflame With Love. The feature can be found here.   I am humbly thankful and am hoping such opportunity is a window for others to come in.

Thank you and I hope your weekend is full of wonderful surprises. Many blessings and much love to you all. :-)

Namaste,

Subhan Zein

102 thoughts on “A Wondrous Nightingale

  1. Congratulations on being featured! I was thinking as I was reading your blog today how diverse all your topics are. It is amazing how many subjects you have insight on,and knowledge of.

    • Thank you, Amatterofinstinct. You are one generous soul. It is my mission to serve humanity through the written word. ♥ I write poetry and short stories alternately every Thursday, feel free to drop by if you need some inspiration. Hope there’s something here that can help you or be of any use to you and your family or friends. Take care, many blessings and much love to you, my new wonderful friend :-)

  2. Meu querido Subhan,
    obrigada por sua visita e por comentar meu post em Português :))
    Eu farei uma pequena pausa no blog WP, mas eu voltarei brevemente.
    Eu preciso organizar algumas coisas na minha vida, porque em fevereiro
    meus estudos recomeçarão. É apenas um curto período de tempo, ok?
    Os postais da Austrália eu gostaria de ver,
    você pode me enviar por email?
    Eu desejo a você uma boa noite e belos sonhos.
    Até breve, abraços do meu coração.
    Jussara

    • Olá Jussara,

      Espero que seus estudos estão indo bem. Você está terminando o seu estudo e planejamento para formar esse ano?

      Tal como acontece com os cartões postais, vou enviar-lhe um e-mail como você deseja :-) Tome cuidado meu Jussara querida, que você tenha um fim de semana maravilhoso. Muitas bênçãos e muito amor para você.

      Abraços do meu coração,

      Subhan

      • Olá Subhan, bem eu estou me preparando agora para fazer minha
        pós-graduação. Eu pretendo escrever sobre a arte dos povos indígenas
        do Brasil, especialmente do povo Kayapó. Paralelamente a isto, existe
        um grande problema no meu país que é a construção de hidrelétricas,
        como a de “Belo Monte dam”, que são um crime contra os povos indígenas
        da Amazônia e contra o meio ambiente. Essas hidrelétricas destroem os rios e a floresta onde essas tribos vivem. O problema é muito sério, então, no
        meu trabalho escrito, eu devo abordar também as questões políticas e econômicas que estão afetando diretamente a população nativa.
        Obrigada por seu comentário e por mandar-me os cartões por email.
        Eu viajo muito por causa de minhas pesquisas. Obrigada e desejo-lhe um ótimo dia ~~ hugs from my heart ~~ Jussara

  3. My dear Subhan,
    So beautiful poem !!
    Thank you for your lovely comments and for writing
    in my language, Portuguese.
    I’m impressed with your correct sentences in my language!!
    I see that you know the syntax of the Portuguese.
    Your intelligence is brilliant
    thank you and hugs from my heart
    I see you soon ~~ Jussara

    • Caro Jussara,

      Obrigado por seu comentário doce, você é uma alma linda. Para ser honesto com você, eu não mereço o crédito, porque, como você sabe, eu não falo Português. Bem, pelo menos não ainda. Eu tinha as frases escritas em Inglês e pediu Tio Google para fazer a tradução para mim. E como você disse que as sentenças foram perfeito, eu acho que merece os aplausos. Português seria outra língua que eu gostaria de aprender, e ao fazer isso comentando eu aprender algumas novas palavras que são úteis. Como eu vou estar visitando o Brasil no próximo ano, você seria feliz me ensinar a língua como fazemos a nossa correspondência, certo? hehe :-)
      Tome cuidado e que você tenha um fim de semana maravilhoso.

      • Caro Subhan,
        eu sei que você não fala Português e eu também não falo Inglês.
        Eu sei também que você usou o Google, mas o tradutor não faz boas traduções e eu vejo que suas frases em Português estão muito mais bem elaboradas do que o Google é capaz de fazer. Então eu conclui que você tem uma habilidade especial para perceber a estrutura sintática do meu idioma.
        O Google não poderia escrever tão bem como você!!
        Sim, se você está aprendendo o Espanhol, o Português não será muito
        complicado para você. Eu posso ajudá-lo sim, você pode contar comigo.
        Obrigada por sua gentleza e amizade. Desejo-lhe um agradável dia :))
        Obrigada novamente e abraços do meu coração :))

    • Hi Jasmine, thank you for your kind comment. I hope the rest of my posts are not disappointing, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  4. Hi Subhan I liked your poem.Poetry is also my favourite. Right now I am translating some of Tagore’s poems for my friends.
    Thank you for your post.

    • Hi Ranu,

      Thank you very much for your kind comment. Your comment has always been a light for the darkness of my soul. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  5. Thank you for another delightful post. I was also intrigued by some of the comments about WordPress. I haven’t really notice a whole bunch of changes. The last one being that sometimes if another WordPress account comments on a wordpress site they get a notification. I am not at all computer savvy – so I am baffled by the rest of the comments. As I post every day and I always see what I post as soon as I hit that little ‘publish (on your own site) button. I don’t mess with ‘Freshly Pressed’ though I think everyone gets a free one of those on their 200th post… but don’t quote me on that. I also don’t have oodles of followers, just mostly friends, other writers who frequent some of the same writing prompts that I do. I’m not to worried about a following. I do know that between my WordPress blog and Blogspot blog that WordPress is the worst concerning spam. But with that being said – the spam does get caught so all one really has to do is delete the spam every once in a while.

    Good luck to all writers on publishing, whether it is on a hard copy or featured on another blog, blog ‘zine or whatever else promotes your writing. That we continue to enjoy each others writings and learn from each other is what I am all about. Cheers.

    • Thank you for that information, Jules. I didn’t know that we will get that. Thank you again for your continuing support, you are one wonderful soul. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  6. It is well deserved Subhan. I cannot say it enough that for one so young your heart is already full of wisdom of many more years you have yet to journey through. Beautifully written and said.

    • Hi Renee,

      It is great to have you back here. Thank you, your words are a reflection of your pure soul and have become the light for the darkness of my heart. I am humbly thankful, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Hi Olive, thank you for your comment. Yes, Gibran is a source of inspiration to many, including myself. While I am doing my best to develop my skill on writing poems like this, I am sure that Gibran’s works are unrivaled. I hope that I can be as good as him, and I am working hard on that, but apparently we both know that it is still a thousand miles for me to get to where he was.

      Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  7. As the old saying goes, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
    Congratulations on having your beautiful poem featured in a Pakistani-based website maintained by SAJ Shiraz.

    • Hi Judy, thank you for your kind words. You are totally right, the old saying rings true. Thank you again and many blessings to you, as always. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Hi Amber, thank you very much for your kind words. They are a mirror to your wonderful soul. Many blessings and much love to you, my friend. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Hi Corinne,

      That is a wonderful surprise. Thank you very much! :-) And this is my first time to receive such award, so I really thank you for that. I will come and visit your blog and accept it, but it may need to take some time, I hope you don’t mind. Many blessings and love to you, as always, my wonderful friend. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you very much, my friend. Your kind words are truly a mirror to your wonderful soul. May love and happiness reside in the realm of your heart, my friend. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • I am so happy that you loved the poem, Teju. I hope you enjoy the rest of my other poems. Dance, dance under the rain may be of interest to you. Thank you again, and blessings to you, as always. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  8. I have never heard of a nightingale swallowing one or more rose thorns, which is/are likely to kill such a diminutive bird even if the act is possible. Is writing love stories or romance novels one of your main aims or fortes?

    Congratulation to you on being featured for the first time in a Pakistani-based website maintained by Dr SAJ Shiraz! Soon you would have a great deal of Indian and Pakistani followers, not to mention book deals, movie adaptations and screenplays in the vast and diverse arenas at Bollywood!

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, SoundEagle. Well, not really, it just happens that the poem that I post here came from a book that I am working on and talks about Love, next time it would be about something else.

      Thank you for your kind wish. I don’t see that will happen anytime soon, but it’d be great if it does one day. Thank you, and many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  9. I have always found the nightingale the most mystical of birds. So it is with this powerful piece of work that has flowed from your hands. Mystical, powerful and each line, I find myself returning to contemplate and discover meanings which open up new horizons every time. I love your work. This surely must rank as one of my favourites. Blessings to you. Sharon

    • Thank you very much, Sister. Your kind words are reflection of your genuine soul. I would like to send you an email in regard to this poem and the book project that I was talking about, if you don’t mind.

      Subhan Zein

      • Hi again Subhan!
        I have a quick question! I have noticed that lately my posts have not been appearing in the WordPress Topics after I publish. I only see my post on the Reader of the blogs I follow. Anything I can do about that? Thanks for your time. Sharon

      • Hi Sharon,

        As far as I am concerned, WordPress has changed their policy. Apparently, as of of June/July 2012 onwards, readers of your blog would have the option to view your posts on your reader, not directly sent to their email. That is why, after July 2012, every time you subscribe to a new blog, there is a note that says more or less, “a post from this blog will appear on your reader”.

        Most likely this is because a lot of complaints have gone through, saying that a lot of bloggers do not want to get swamped by tons of WP notifications in their email, so that’s why WP changed their policy.
        But then the side effects is that, readers themselves may not be able to track their favorite bloggers who may only post once or twice a week, because they get swamped by notifications from other bloggers who post twice or even three times a day. And another thing is that they don’t check their reader everyday, anyway.

        Now to solve your problem, devoted readers who would like to follow your posts will have to change their settings. They have to edit their blog readership, basically. I noticed this was a problem, then I decided to write a post: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/announcement/

        I post about how to fix it in there, so technically you could also tell your readers the same thing.

        As with my own blog, the sad thing is, apparently my readership is going down due to the new policy. I had like 300-400 visitors normally, and since July, I am now lucky to get 100-150/day. And the ‘likes’ have plummetted too. At this point, I don’t know what to do about my blog, but maybe you would like to brainstorm some ideas? Feel free to share.

        Subhan Zein

      • Thanks so much! I had no idea! But what I’m wondering about is that each time I publish, I used to be able to see my post appear in the general WordPress Topics based on the tags – Nature, Life, Photos etc. But these days I don’t see it anymore. Is that also part of the new policy? Or is it something I need to adjust or refresh? Sorry, I’m not the most techie savvy one! Thanks so much again for your time Subhan. Appreciate this.

    • Hi Sharon,

      Not until this morning that I read your message. I wouldn’t say ‘yes’ to that, because I don’t have a definitive answer. However, I guess that may also be part of the policy. I couldn’t find my post either. Do you notice that they changed the login page as well as the font in your stats? There are so many changes, so I guess, yeah.

      But could you find other bloggers’ post though? If so, then the second possible reason may be due to the fact that there may be some other bloggers who post at approximately at the same time as you are, so that the WP guys do not place your post immediately, but sometime after. This could also be the case. So what you can do is, maybe you could double check about half an hour after you post to make sure whether it appears or not. If still, this doesn’t appear at all, then I don’t know what the reason is.

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you, very much, Soumyav. You are one generous soul. :-)

      On a lighter note, I am wondering whether such poem is publishable? What do you think? I’ve been toying with the idea of publishing my poems and turn them into a spiritual fiction. I would be happy to hear your thoughts.

      Subhan Zein

      • absolutely it is worth! and they can turn into a great one if compiled and published.

      • Great! Thank you very much. Is it okay if I send you an email in regard to this? Would you mind?

        Subhan Zein

      • Great! I’ll send it soon, hopefully tonight, if not early tomorrow. Thank you again, and many blessings to you. :-)

        Subhan Zein

    • Thank you, Zully. I am going to send you a poem to your email after I find the picture that goes best with it. Thank you again for featuring me in your blog. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you very much, Marie. It is great to have you here, so thank you for visiting. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  10. Good morning Subhan,

    What a beautiful poem. It’s true love is bitter-sweet. Some find the bitterness to hard to bear and so avoid it, others are prepared to pay the price because of the wonder it brings into their lives.

    A lovely image of the nightingale and an evocative metaphor for this most powerful of emotions.

    I wish you love and joy

    Corinne

    • Thank you very much, Corinne. Yes, you are right. That is why I wrote it that way. Thank you for visiting, Corinne. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Many blessings to you, as always. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you, very much, Kenneth. I am humbly thankful. You are truly one generous soul. I hope my other posts are not disappointing for you and others. Many blessings to you, my friend, :-)

      Subhan Zein

      • oh, really? Wow! Thank you very much. I shall be going there soon. Thank you again, blessings to you, Kenneth. :-)

        Subhan Zein

    • Thank you very much, Ranu. Your words make a light in the darkness of my heart. I hope to read your posts again, but it seems a bit difficult. What happened to your blog? Why there’s no link in your gravatar?

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you very much, Wendell. You are one generous soul. Have a nice rest and may contentment reside in your heart. Blessings to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  11. Congrats – That is wonderful Subhan!
    May you too have a wonderful weekend full of many more surprises & blessings.
    PeAce-
    RoSY

  12. Truly beautiful words and exciting metaphors too!
    The thougth of a nightingale opening up it’s beak to swallow both roses and thorns, beautifuly relates to love.
    Love is a disease without remedy and your beloved is a treasure without end…
    Oh how sweet!
    I really settled to enjoy this piece and I’m glad I did.
    Good work Subhan! :)

    • Hi teeceecounsel,

      Thank you very much for dropping by. I really appreciate your kind words too. You are one generous soul. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

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