Nourished by the Night

The stars asked the moon:
“We have grown weary shining.

Are we destined to journey forever?
When will we rest?”

The moon replied: “My friends,
you who are nourished by the night,

movement is in all Creation,
time is a galloping steed.

This path has no resting-place.
In rest hides death.

Those who gallop are free,
those who rest are destroyed.

The path’s beginning is passion,
and absolute passion the end.”

Written originally in Urdu
Translated by Rafiq Kathwari