Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sufi Poetry


Rumi
I thought of you so often
That I completely became you
Little by little you drew near
And slowly but slowly I passed away


Footprints but come to the ocean shore
Therein no trace remains

look at love how it tangles with the one fallen in love
look at spirit how it fuses with earth giving it new life
why are you so busy with this or that or good or bad pay attention to how things blend
why talk about all the known and the unknown see how the unknown merges into the known
why think seperately of this life and the next when one is born from the last
look at your heart and tongue
one feels but deaf and dumb the other speaks in words and signs
look at water and fire earth and wind
enemies and friends all at once
the wolf and the lamb the lion and the deer
far away yet together
look at the unity of this spring and winter manifested in the equinox
you too must mingle my friends since the earth and the sky are mingled just for you and me
be like sugarcane sweet yet silent don't get mixed up with bitter words
my beloved grows right out of my own heart how much more union can there be

2 comments:

Sadiq M. Alam said...

you are welcome to the Sufi Poetry Blog Carninval here @ Inspirations and Creative Thoughts

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful indeed. Request you to the cite the source of this translation