A bit of Rumi is always good for the weekend

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 this 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 everyone


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 when the heavens are thankful

that because of love

I have become the giver of light

Ghazal 1393
Translated by Nader Khalili Rumi, Fountain of Fire Cal-Earth, September 1994



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