The Footprint

In this world of infinite possibility
I look around for the second step
of desire–
All I see is one footprint!

– Mirza Ghalib

His use of “desire” can be read on different levels. On one level we can read this as a love poem and he is simply referring to a man’s desire for a woman. But that first line and the final line, they unfold into deeper layers of meaning. His desire can be understood as desire for the Eternal — sacred yearning.

On that path, there is only one step, then one disappears into the Beloved!


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