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The Lover's Rhapsody

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Such an eye and heart opening collection of verse that I’d more than recommend everybody to read.

Synopsis

Lovers are wildly passionate seekers of God.
They are intoxicated by their heart's longing for union with their Beloved.
They ache and pray with their whole beings for the Light behind all forms.
They thirst to drink the nectar of Love in every moment.
They hunger to explore and know what lies behind the veils of perceived reality.
They demand truth with their whole existence and will not settle for anything less.
They are misfits,
incapacitated by Love's hangover,
wandering the world seeking Home,
unable to dance to the rhythm of anything other than the celestial tune of the Universe.
They are the mystics, dreamers, healers, artists, poets,
singers, dancers, visionaries, empaths, shamans,
and ultimately, the devoted ones to the Heart of life.

With nearly one hundred ecstatic love poems and dozens of bonus verses written in the literary style of great Sufi masters like Rumi, Hafez, and Shams-i-Tabriz, multi-award-winning author Adam Malik Siddiq has created a timeless poetic masterpiece that's destined to awaken every heart that reads these words. Written during the experiences of spiritually awakened states, these transmissions will quench the thirst of every soul seeker.

The initial reason I requested to review this book was because of the beautiful cover and the introduction of ‘ecstatic love poems of rapture, awakening, and God’. Being a spiritual and religious person myself, as well as someone who thoroughly enjoys reading poetry, I was intrigued by this book. I haven’t found many who tie a deep religious understanding into their poetry, never mind those that encompass Islam in this. 


The book did not disappoint in the slightest. The opening text suggests that the poetry in the book comes from profound experiences by the author and that rereading the text will give a deeper understanding and feeling of what is contained in the verse. I’d have to say I agree with this summation, particularly as I like to reread poems a few times as I’m going through a book so I can fully feel the emotions and thoughts behind each. I found myself doing this whilst reading this book and I felt the poems had a deep rooted emotional affect the more I read. 


The text is broken up by images, a few of which I was unsure of, but on the whole I found them to add to the calm that you settle into whilst reading this book. The underlying emotion throughout the book is love and I think this is such an incredibly important part of poetry that can often be forgotten. Most poetry seems to focus on the more toxic, painful love. But I enjoyed taking a break and immersing myself in this soulful love centering around that of the creator and his creation.


Unfortunately I requested to review this verse 2 days prior to review, however in that time I really enjoyed reading this book and I’d definitely recommend it, particularly to those wanting to connect with a more spiritual love. I do plan to go through the verse properly without time constraint and enjoy it more thoroughly.

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Synopsis

Lovers are wildly passionate seekers of God.
They are intoxicated by their heart's longing for union with their Beloved.
They ache and pray with their whole beings for the Light behind all forms.
They thirst to drink the nectar of Love in every moment.
They hunger to explore and know what lies behind the veils of perceived reality.
They demand truth with their whole existence and will not settle for anything less.
They are misfits,
incapacitated by Love's hangover,
wandering the world seeking Home,
unable to dance to the rhythm of anything other than the celestial tune of the Universe.
They are the mystics, dreamers, healers, artists, poets,
singers, dancers, visionaries, empaths, shamans,
and ultimately, the devoted ones to the Heart of life.

With nearly one hundred ecstatic love poems and dozens of bonus verses written in the literary style of great Sufi masters like Rumi, Hafez, and Shams-i-Tabriz, multi-award-winning author Adam Malik Siddiq has created a timeless poetic masterpiece that's destined to awaken every heart that reads these words. Written during the experiences of spiritually awakened states, these transmissions will quench the thirst of every soul seeker.

The Lover's Rhapsody

Lovers pitch tents under the stars and stay up all night rhapsodizing in awe about the Soul of the Universe. 


One lover begins their tale, 

“This Mysterious Presence, 

this Illuminating Essence, 

lifts my soul with Transcendence! All illusions 

dissipate into the Light. 

All that’s real 

shines so bright!” 


Another lover shares their tale,

“The Miracle Maker, 

the Heart’s Waker, 

Love’s Caretaker, 

the Cosmic Matchmaker, whispered to my soul 

a million love poems 

in one silent breath. 

Ever since, 

I remain wakeful, 

ever-present, 

in my patient waiting, 

ever-yearning, 

for another moment 

of Love’s euphoric kiss.” 


A third lover shares their tale, 

“I used to look above 

from below 

feeling so separate 

from all I wish to know, 

until… 

one night, 

as I stared into the moonlight, 

the moon whispered to my heart, 


‘The brilliance you seek is what you are.’ 


My timid soul asked the moon, 


‘Dear moon, 

how do you know this to be true? You hover above 

and shine such beautiful light 

on all of us below. 

Your brilliance is beyond anything I can ever imagine to be and anything I can ever aspire to be.

I am nothing. 

You are something phenomenal.’ 


The moon smiled. 

‘Dear soul, 

is it not my light. 

It is not my brilliance. 

I am only a reflection 

of the Brilliance 

that you are. 

I am only a reflection 

of the Light 

that you are. 

You are no-thing. 

You are the Delight 

that makes the galaxies swirl.

You are the Infatuation 

that inspires the cosmos 

to passionately manifest chaos into order… 

some-thing 

from no-thing.’ 


The moonlight filled 

the windows of my mind and I lost my-self. 

Doubts turned to smiles, fears turned to joys, 

as I became the Celestial Tune that makes constellations sing as One.” 

About the author

Adam Malik Siddiq is the grandson of Khaled Siddiq. Adam wrote SHACKLED alongside his grandfather, Khaled—a shared journey they hope will inspire others to become more involved in the sacred bond between the youth and their elders. He also wrote the bestselling poetry book, "The Lover's Rhapsody". view profile

Published on May 22, 2020

Published by Lineage Publishing

20000 words

Genre: Poetry

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