February 22, 2011

An Inspiring Poem by Rumi

This is one of my favorites by the great Rumi. I especially like the last stanza, tell me what you make of it! (translated by Kabir Helminski, published in RUMI Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

A moment of happiness, 
you and I sitting on the verandah, 
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.

We feel the flowing water of life here, 
you and I, with the garden's beauty and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us, 
and we will show them 
what it means to be a thin crescent moon.

You and I unselfted, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I. 
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.

And what is even more amazing
is that while here together, you and I
are at this very moment in Iraq and Khorasan.
In one form upon this earth, 
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.

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