Look at Us. See Us. Watch Us. (8/4/2022)

Look at us. See us. Watch us. (9/4/2022)

We are the fire of Love which lights that special candle.

Like a candle, we came to burn the oppressed moth.

 

We attacked bravely like a drunk,

giving up knowledge and reaching into the to-be-known. Continue reading “Look at Us. See Us. Watch Us. (8/4/2022)”

This is the Time of War (1/16/2022)

This is the Time of War (1/16/2022)

Put on your arms. This is the time of war, O soul.

It is getting late. Don’t hesitate.

This world is nothing but a colorful show. Give it up, O soul.

There is a cat and mouse fight on every corner, O soul.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 362.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx .pub. 5/22), Rubai 792, volume 2.

Burn That Thing (12/19/2021)

Burn That Thing (12/19/2021)

O my Beloved, accept me. Take my soul.

Let me pass through both worlds.

If I settle down with anything other than You,

throw me into the fire and burn that thing.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 353.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 761, Volume 2)

Because of My Longing (6/27/2021)

Because of My Longing (6/27/2021)

Once this Love arrived, all other loves disappeared.

Because of my longing for You,

I was burned and turned into ashes.

My ashes scattered and disappeared.

Then, they came back, forming thousands of shapes again.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 220.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translation, Volume 1 (pub. Nov. 2021), Rubai 430.

From Existence to Nothingness (5/30/2021)

From Existence to Nothingness (5/30/2021)

I have twisted and wriggled like a snake

because of someone’s charms.

I have been curled up like the hair of the Beloved.

By God, I don’t know what kind of twist that is.

All I know is that suffering annihilates me,

carrying me from existence to Nothingness.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #2, page 318.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translation (pub. 11/2021), Rubai 673, vol. 2.

Empty Words (5/16/2021)

On the way to Love, each lover must either annihilate himself

or give up his life in death.

Some say,

“Love’s goal is to drink water from the Fountain of Life.”

These are just empty words, O lover, just empty words.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #3, page 226.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translation (pub. 11/2021)

When I Look (3/21/2021)

When I Look (3/21/2021)

How long will I be satisfied by the shapes and appearances of time?

How long will I watch and smell of existence?

I am tired of the materials and creatures of the present.

It is time to see that Beauty of Beauties.

But, when I look at Him, I see my image.

When I look at my image, I see His.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #2, page 316.