Subliminal

by Ahmad Zakii Anwar

5 -25 Aug 2006 at Numthong Gallery, Bangkok

29 Jul – 18 Aug 2006 at The Drawing Room, Manila

From my insufficiency to my perfection, and from my deviation to my equilibrium

From my sublimity to my beauty, and from my splendor to my majesty

From my scattering to my gathering, and from my rejection to my communion

From my baseness to my preciousness, and from my stones to my pearls

From my rising to my setting, and from my days to my nights

From my luminosity to my darkness, and from my guidance to my straying

From my perigee to my apogee, and from the base of my lance to its tip

From my waxing to my waning, and from the void of my moon to its crescent

From my pursuit to my flight, and from my steed to my gazelle

From my breeze to my boughs, and from my boughs to my shade

From my shade to my delight, and from my delight to my torment

From my torment to my likeness, and from my likeness to my impossibility

From my impossibility to my validity, and from my validity to my deficiency

I am no one in existence but myself, so-

Whom do I treat as foe and whom do I treat as friend?

Whom do I call to aid my heart, pierced by a penetrating arrow,

When the one who shot the arrow is my eyelid, striking my heart without an archer?

Why defend other than myself, and my very separation is my union.

Do not blame me for my passion.

I am inconsolable over Him who has fled me.

from the Epistle on Cosmic Unification of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi  (*)

* Text from the Catalog  ‘AHMAD ZAKII ANWAR  SUBLIMINAL