i was dead
i came alive
i was tears
i became laughter

all because of love
when it arrived
my temporal life
from then on
changed to eternal

love said to me
you are not
crazy enough
you don’t
fit this house

i went and
became crazy
crazy enough
to be in chains

love said
you are not
intoxicated enough
you don’t
fit the group

i went and
got drunk
drunk enough
to overflow
with light-headedness

love said
you are still
too clever
filled with
imagination and skepticism

i went and
became gullible
and in fright
pulled away
from it all

love said
you are a candle
attracting everyone
gathering every one
around you

i am no more
a candle spreading light
i gather no more crowds
and like smoke
i am all scattered now

love said
you are a teacher
you are a head
and for everyone
you are a leader

i am no more
not a teacher
not a leader
just a servant
to your wishes

love said
you already have
your own wings
i will not give you
more feathers

and then my heart
pulled itself apart
and filled to the brim
with a new light
overflowed with fresh life

now even the heavens
are thankful that
because of love
i have become
the giver of light

— Jalalud’din Rumi – Ghazal 1393 (Poetic Translation)

I was dead

6 responses »

    • Yes, and this poem is one of my preferred from Rumi, although there are so many that I did not, by far, read all of them. And he definitively had the vision and the skills to express himself in an authentic and very deep way, although this poem is the poetic version of a text that looks slightly different in its literal translation. But I prefer this version that has been very beautifully written. 🙂

  1. Great photo, my friend – and as always, the text goes with it perfectly. Rumi is one of my favorite mystics, a brilliant wordsmith if ever there was one.

    • He is really great and it is sometimes difficult to find a good translation that renders correctly the profound meaning of his poems. Very often the most popular translations are those that do not correctly render the profound thoughts of Rumi. Thank you. 🙂

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