“Bagh-e Eram,” a poem by Aidin Massoudi

Aidin says this poem is about lacking a fear of death, which is a typical Sufi ideal. A Sufi will achieve two deaths: one being the denial of the simulacrum (material/ego/identity), which ignites paradise on earth (Bagh-e Eram) and a union with the Beloved; the second death, of course, is biological.

a chauffer of confession the end a canal

to depart from nothing Lazarus

a map of existence a tail of opium

thaw and radiance an atom’s flare

paradise

there is none in death that truth conceals

I am the way, the leper what navigates

the eye of Ibrahim come rest in me