“Black River” (نهر الاسود)

osmanli

Example of Ottoman calligraphy

‘Pon the branches of Arabic’s calligraphy
bloom’d the Osmanlı’s fragrant, flow’ry filigree.

The soot-stain’d flowing roots of that great tree
were poured and shaped by the hand of `Alī*.

 

*`alayhi salām

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