The Madman and the Moon Princess

A certain incantation of beauty is thrust into the eye of desire, leaving one hapless and inept with longing, on the brink of insanity in body and mind and at the same time transcendent into the spiritual void of the Divine.

Qais falls in love with the moon princess, Laila whose name means sweetheart.

It was a deep black sentiment in his soul, screaming out in its numbness, a feeling so, bleak that the night would shimmer in its wake; this was the delirious circumstance in which Qais found the moon princess Laila,

Upon first sight, Qais begged his heart to be still but it would not obey; instead, it shook as an earthquake and howled like the white wolf and gave him away. And in his embarrassment, in his ineptness, Laila saw in him a diamond hidden within a lump of black coal. Alas, the heart speaks volumes especially when you demand it be silent. This was Qais beginning with Laila, a beginning that would last a lifetime in every breath.

With an expression aglow as the solitary flame of a candle in a darkened room, surrounding a smile naturally formed to invite his interest, Laila was beauty and perfection all in one. The acquiescence that congealed in her was foreign to Qais, he was melting in her presence and would gladly have disintegrated as a moth to a flame.

Qais love is so obsessive that he’s deemed insane and forbidden from seeing his beloved Laila in the flesh again. Thus he sees her in everything else. Qais roams the streets known only as Majnu, which in Persian means,“ love stricken, possessed, madness, a lunatic”.

Qais felt Cupid’s arrow responsible, laced with the same potion given Tristan and Isolde in that long ago land of Avalon. So he was bound to Laila, he hadn’t any choice in the matter; He surrendered freely and completely, all caution to the wind.

Sadly her father marries her to another man.

Thus Qais, the fool, the simpleton, who is one sighted in love; and therefore blessed in his foolishness, is given to Divine vision; for his wisdom is direct and not diminished by the many facets of the mind.

To have too much levied against the heart leads to indecision which is worse than to not have loved at all. Qais simple direct desire for his beloved is strong even in the face of failure or tragedy. To go the way of the foolish and where they rush is the one true Source of love and light, an enlightened path; more so than one who has too much pull on the heart.

*Based on the poem by Ganjavi


*photo courtesy of Pixabay


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I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in October of 2012. These are my writings of life and love after the fall but during a time of deep creativity either because or in spite of my illness... Peace and Love... JC

11 thoughts on “The Madman and the Moon Princess”

  1. A beautifully written love story Jeff, poetic in its melodic nature. Even the dark words ” screaming out in its numbness, a feeling so bleak that night would shimmer”. Pure poetry.

    Even today it sadly happens that a woman is given away like a possession so I pity Layla. Did Qais ever tell her about his love and any dream for them?

    I wonder over this : ” for his wisdom is direct and not diminished by the many facets of the mind” …..?

    Love Eric Clapton’s song “Layla ” . The lyrics here talks of a man of flesh and blood. 🙂
    Miriam 🦋🎶

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    1. Miriam, yes I have some friends of mine whose `marriage is arranged. Even in the 21st Century Gais and Laila could be separated. Just like someone who professes a deep love for another could be labeled insane.

      Laila knows of Qais love for her as she has love for him, but social duty calls.


  2. Wow! JC, this post has stayed with me since I read it a few days ago (whilst still traveled-lagged). It’s incredibly powerful, dramatic. Quais’s emotions are all-consuming, destructive almost and all the while I’m wondering about Laila. What are her feelings? Did she reciprocate his love? Would she have married him if she’d had a choice? Reckon, the heart sometimes storms ahead, taking one’s soul and very being along…An excellent, well-crafted and memorable post!

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    1. Thanks, Annika, for your kind words.

      Well, in the Persian version of the story our friends don’t fare too well, Laila does love Qais as he loves her but her father will never allow her marriage to a crazy man. So she commits suicide and Qais is found dead in the desert. Not a happy ending at all.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and question.

      What drew me initially was Eric Clapton and the song Layla which is about Clapton’s longing for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison. From there I looked deeper and discovered the poem written in the 12th century by Ganjavi, a Persian poet. While one feels sorry for Laila, trapped in a system that is centered on the families prestige and not love, it is Qais who stays the course continuing his love which brings him into a spiritual dynamic between he and the creator. He never alters or loses faith. He has witnessed and found love and though he lost Laila he considers himself lucky.

      He probably was insane but what a glorious insanity he is having.

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      1. That was fascinating! I loved hearing about your writing process. I’m familiar with Clapton’s song and can see how it inspired you. Music can be a writer’s aphrodisiac. How cool that you were able to draw inspiration from Ganjavi.

        A glorious insanity, indeed 🙂


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