Gods Love

I am inspired again by this beautiful Poem by the 13th century Sufi poet Yunis Emre:


Gods Love

How strange I feel under the hand of this love.

I can’t see my hand under the hand of this love.


Once I was the crown of the universe.

Now I’m dirt to walk on, under the hand of this love.


Like a lonely nightingale I call.

Blood streams from my eyes, under the hand of this love.


My face, like an autumn leaf, will glow,

darken and die, under the hand of this love.


On the Final Day with my collar torn,

let me weep, under the hand of this love.


What can I do when I am so far from Union?

My back bent under the hand of this love.


Yunus you pray for Taptuk* so much.

Don’t ask ” What shall I do?” under the hand of this love.



* Yunus spiritual teacher

From the book:

A Drop That Became The Sea ; Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre (a 13th Century Turkish Sufi), Published by Shambala Boston and London

About jocknoble

I have worked in thirty countries with most time spent in India, Kenya, Indonesia, USA , Australia and Armenia. My current role with World Vision International is as a Livelihoods Advisory based in Manila. Before this I spent 4 years based in Armenia leading an economic development learning hub for 10 countries across the Middle East and Eastern Europe. I spent 8 years with World Vision Australia where I founded and lead the Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Unit (SEED), a team of economic development specialists,to establish and support innovative initiatives in poor communities from Africa to the Asia Pacific, Senegal to Timor Leste.. I believe the reason people are poor is that they do not have enough money and our challenge is to help instill hope and a genuine sense of self-belief, starting with those of us who somehow work in development. I was the founder and CEO of Diversity@work Australia Inc, a social enterprise developing innovative models, strategies and educational programs to strengthen companies through diversity and inclusion. I hold a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Masters of Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University in Melbourne, post-graduate studies in Not for Profit Management at Georgetown University and Negotiation and Conflict Management at Latrobe University Melbourne. I was the Carey Medal winner for 2007 for exceptional and outstanding service to the community. So it goes Published Books: 'Postcards - What am I doing here' (2016) which is a collection of my blogs along with selected photographs, and Stores from the Road - Ten stories for workers in international development (2016)
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