Abu Nuwas, Islamic Poet of Male Love

In the bath-house, the mysteries hidden by trousers
Are revealed to you.
All becomes radiantly manifest.
Feast your eyes without restraint!

 

You see handsome buttocks, shapely trim torsos,
You hear the guys whispering pious formulas
to one another
(‘God is Great! ‘ ‘Praise be to God! ‘)
Ah, what a palace of pleasure is the bath-house!
Even when the towel-bearers come in
And spoil the fun a bit.

Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (756–814),aka Abū Nuwās (Arabic: ابو نواس‎; Persian: ابو نواس‎‎, Abū Novās), was one of the greatest classical gay Arabic poets, who also composed in Persian on occasion.

his rosy cheeks

I die of love for him, perfect in every way,
Lost in the strains of wafting music.
My eyes are fixed upon his delightful body
And I do not wonder at his beauty.

His waist is a sapling, his face a moon,
And loveliness rolls off his rosy cheeks
I die of love for you, but keep this secret:
The tie that binds us is an unbreakable rope.

How much time did your creation take, O angel?
So what! All I want is to sing your praises.

Love in Bloom; after Monteil, p. 95 by Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (756–814),aka Abū Nuwās (Arabic: ابو نواس‎; Persian: ابو نواس‎‎, Abū Novās), was one of the greatest classical gay Arabic poets, who also composed in Persian on occasion.