Rumi Poem: Freedom

In this moment, I am entwined in the vine of love In this moment I have abandoned care for consequence Oh humans, I’m no longer one of you The bravest men won’t dare come near my heart Mad men run away at the sight of my passion I make love to death Nothingness is my...

Rumi Poem: This is How it Works

I was dead and I became alive I was tears and I became laughter The reign of love began and I became eternal This is how it works: Love said:  If you are not mad, you are not welcome in this house! So I became mad and stumbled through the wilderness Love said:   If...

Rumi Poem: Be Silent

Last night I became mad. Love saw me and said: I am here. Don’t shout, don’t wail.  Just be silent! Don’t talk about the mundane, talk of nothing but beauty. I am the servant of this magnificence.  Just be silent! I said: O Love, what I fear is something else. Love...

Rumi Poem: The Song of the Reed

Listen to the story of the reed As it laments the pain of separation: Since they have cut me from my reed bed My wails bring tears to both woman and man Those ripped away from their beloved know my song Having been cut from the source, they long to return In...

Poem by Anonymous: The only way to get drunk

You have opened your door to this ecstatic peasant Now I can drink the eternal wine From your divine cup I am the madman, Majnoon, in servitude to you, my Leili I have become free of both worlds So I can be your captive This fiery passion that lights the lovers’ eyes,...

Tahireh Poem: Song of Tahireh

If, per chance, I were to catch a glimpse of the radiance of your face my sorrows would have no choice but to stumble into the light The knife of our separation has cut me: tears of blood streams upon streams rivers upon rivers Not wanting to wait like lazarus in my...