Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted even as lead melts

Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted even as lead melts
4th January 2016 Oz Osmaston
Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted, even as lead melts when engulfed by flame, wherefore oh eyes pour forth thy tears, nor stint thy flow, nor tire oh heart at being tried with Sorrow…

Sorrow alighted in my heart and I melted, even as lead melts when engulfed by flame, wherefore oh eyes pour forth thy tears, nor stint thy flow, nor tire oh heart at being tried with Sorrow…(translated from Arabic, poet Layla bint Lukayz [?6th century])

Very fine lettering (calligraphy by Nathan) – the tails of the letters are two cuts, one for each side of the V, each stroke of the body of the letters four cuts. The big S for Sorrow more conventional to carve, not very conventional in shape! About 28 hours to do in total.

as lead melts

 

..all that carving of archaic language took its toll on me and I was inspired to write something of my own

nor stint thy tears
nor shall I, but rather drink deep
of thy cold sweet water.
my beloved thou art a mystery
pouring forth unexpectedly,
and mine eyes shall see the
glory of thy beauty so rare.
take my hand and hold me
within thy walls,
a fortress beyond price.
only time will tell the making
of the bond that binds us,
forgives us and sets us free.
4/1/16