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David Taylor



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From The Rubaiyat of Jalal Al-Din Rumi.


As salt resolved in the ocean
I was swallowed in God's sea,
Past faith, past unbelieving,
Past doubt, past certainty.

Suddenly in my bosom
A star shone clear and bright;
All the suns of heaven
Vanished in that star's light.



Select translations
into English Verse' by A.J. Arberry, 1949.

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Cheryl ALbrecht



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:14 am    Post subject: SAY I AM YOU Reply with quote

SAY I AM YOU

JELALUDDIN RUMI

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.

To the bits of dust I say, Stay
To the sun, Keep moving

I am the morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.

I am wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.

I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, thought, and voice.

The musical air coming through the flute,
a spark of a stone, a flickering

in metal. Both candle,
and the moth crazy around it.

Rose, and the nightingale
lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy,
the evolutiuonary intelligence, the lift,

and the falling away. What is,
and what isn't You who know

Jelaluddin, You the one
in all, say who

I am. Say I
am You.

The Essential Rumi. Trans. by Coleman Barks.
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