The Shadow of Love

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When the shadow of Love engulfs your spirit, all of a sudden you remember that you have just tasted the bitterness of Love.

Love is bitter that it will crucify you with disgust and smashes your soul into fragments.

And as you lie in a bed of thorns, Love will thread a thousand of needles to throw you to the verge of insanity.

Amidst your grief you realize that the shadow of Love weaves you the greatest cloth of torment.




Yet none of what Love does to you is evil.

You think Love is evil, yet what is evil but good without garment?

You think Love is evil, yet what is evil but ignorance groping in the darkness?




The shadow of Love crucifies you with disgust so you could wash the mud that has stained the purity of your soul.

It wounds your heart so you could heal it with the Herb of Compassion that Mother Nature hands in to you with the joy of tomorrow.

It threads a thousand needles in your heart so you could ruin the fortress of your vanity with your own hands and build a Mansion of Endearment.

These are not the work of evil, so regret not when the flame of Love sets a fire in the camp of your heart.

These are all the way Love serves you with humility with all the signs it has made in the Road of Life.




That is the destiny of everyone who dares to set the fire of Love in their heart,

For the clouds have painted it in the sky and the foam has sculpted it in water.

It has been written by The Invisible Hand.

To refute this is to deny the glare of the sun in a bright day.




# This poem was part of  a Feature of Special Guest Post in Poetic Inspirations: A Blog by Maryanne Pale, 23 October 2012. Full interview, click here 

72 thoughts on “The Shadow of Love

  1. When a man is placed too highly, too close to the sky, it is difficult for him to be as humble as the earth. I’m just a road wayfarer who’s learning the art of humility but keeps stumbling every now and then. The only pure sensational feeling is my sincere hope that The Light of Love guides me in my journey. Namaste.

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  3. An excellent Poem Subhan ,
    I think many have felt the sharp thorns as well as the darts of pleasure in this ever turning circle of Love…
    You capture emotion well within your words 🙂

  4. A amazing poem of love. A wise person give his heart and soul to their lover. Reward for a happy lover is the same in return. Thank you for sharing the excellent poem.

    • Hi John, thank you very much for your comment, my friend. And you are right with your comment, you are one wise soul. Many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

      • Hahaha I’m usually quite a sarcastic person and have no habit of flattering anyone 😉 What you write is amazing and you should know that! Bravo my friend!

  5. Subhan,
    What you wrote here only reflects the painful side of love, of which there is no denying. There, however, is no mention of the gentle and beautifu side of love. Far be it for me to deny either for I have experienced them both in great measure. I liked what you wrote and it is written in a pleasing style.

    • Hello Paul,

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. You are totally right that there is ‘no mention of the beautiful side of love’. This is intentional, as you can see from the title, ‘The Shadow of Love’. This poem is part of a chapter of a book project I am currently working on, and the mention of the ‘beautiful side of love’ has been done elsewhere in my other poems such as ‘If you can’, which is my newest post’, ‘I can pour light into a cup’, ‘A wondrous nightingale’, ‘Get drunk near the sun’, among others.

      Central to this poem is the gentle reminder of the dark side of love that often many of us have blindedly believed that love is all about the sweetness, and never of the sourness. I hope this makes sense, if at all.

      Thank you again for your comment, Paul, many blessings and much love to you.. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

  6. You know, dear Subhan, Rumi would have totally loved you! Your writings echo the graceful way of Rumi’s heart. But….I love your heart just as you are! Cheers.

    • Thank you very much Jigme, I will soon visit your blog as well. Thank you for your kind words, my friend, they are a reflection of your wonderful soul. Many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

  7. This is a very inspiring piece Subhan. I think you are well on your way in learning the intricacies of fiction and poetry. Thank you also for comment on my ‘Boughs of Rain’, I am honoured.

    • Ah, you flatter, Madhu. But I am humbly thankful, I take it as a compliment. Thank you for your kind comment and visits, many blessings to you, as always. May you always be with the light of love. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

  8. Adore your writing pattern Subhan which is why I keep coming to check even if there aren’t any posts from you. Much luck to your blog and exquisite style of writing.


    • Hi Asha,

      Thank you very much for your kind comment. You are one generous soul. 🙂 I notice that WordPress has changed its policy from June 2012, so that if you are following a new blog the posts do not go to your email, but they go to your WordPress Reader. That is why a lot of my followers are not getting my posts too. So if you would like to receive a notification of my new posts in your inbox, here’s the deal.

      In your dashboard, go to your ‘Reader’ and click “Edit Following’. Then wait for a minute or two until you could find the blogs you are following. Scroll down and keep scrolling down. Stop only when you find a face who looks quite similar to the one you see above. Yep, it’s me with my blog address on it: 🙂

      On the right side of it, you’ll find a feature: “Get new posts by email”. You could either click “Instantly”, “Daily” or “Weekly”, anything that perfectly suits you. Problem solved. 🙂

      Does that sound alright, Asha?

      Subhan Zein

      • Aah! I have been wondering why some blogs haven’t been showing up in my email notifications!!! Thanks Subhan 🙂

      • Great, I hope you do not have any more problems now, Madhu. It is always great to have your visits here. Thank you again, and many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

        Subhan Zein

  9. Hi,
    I want to nominate your site for a Beautiful Blogger Award. The rules will be on my wordpress post. I hope you will agree and put the icon on your site.

    • Hi Maryanne, thank you again for featuring me on the blog. You are one generous soul. I hope your PhD is going great. Keep working hard, girl! 🙂

      Subhan Zein

    • Yes, you are right, Ronnie. I suppose that is because Love is about radiating light, while the shadow of love is the darkness that transforms into disgust and anger. Thank you for commenting, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

  10. There are so many definitions of ‘LOVE’ – some would like us to believe that the shadows are the valued parts of the whole heart. Love is only all that is good, love is radiating light. I believe this is what you are saying. How we deal with self, ego, loss of gains – this is only part the mortar of life. When all the pieces are united and bathed in healing light – the whole is Love.

    • Hi Jules,

      Thank you very much for your kind comment. Yes, you are right: “love is radiating light”, but the shadow of love is pain. Thank you for commenting again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

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