Life and Death

March 11, 2015

life and death rumi elitere

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

by Rumi (translation by Nader Khalili)


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2 Responses to Life and Death

  1. Dracula Untold | eLitere on March 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

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  2. Alina Andreea Catarau on March 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Lately, I became interested in Rumi or Mevlana’s poems (how people from the East call him) because they are universally understood by people from various religions. His poetry is food for your soul and melts away the everyday worries, frustration and sadness that make it suffer. His poems are about letting go of your ego, for your soul to be closer to God or to realize that God is within you.
    I think that sometimes we need to find time for ourselves, to read deep and beautiful poems such as those of Rumi.

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