You are Smiling at My Words (7/9/2023)

You are Smiling at My Words (7/9/2023)

If hundreds of long days were joined together

as one very long day,

my soul would not complain about it.

On the contrary, it would be content.

It would stand still and cry from the pain of Love.

You are smiling at my words,

because you are still a cold man of knowledge,

not a crazy man of Love.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 1, page 469.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub.fall 2023), Rubai 1003, Volume 3.

Man’s Heart is Like a Candle (6/25/2023)

Man’s Heart is Like a Candle (6/25/2023)

Man’s heart is like a candle; It should be lit and allowed to shine.

There is a void in your soul because of the separation from the Beloved.

That void needs repair.

Know, O ignorant one

who knows none of what makes or breaks a heart, who avoids pain and burning,

Love is something to be encountered, not knowledge to be learned.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai  4, page 468

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub.fall2023), Rubai 1002, Volume 3.

This Situation is Bad (6/4/2023)

This Situation is Bad (6/4/2023)

This stone will be split open if it desires Union with You.

If my soul feels Your Joy, it will grow wings and fly to the sky.

 

Now, the fire melts and becomes water.

Reason loses its balance and falls. Continue reading “This Situation is Bad (6/4/2023)”

“You” (4/30/2023)

“You” (4/30/2023)

If all I have made are mistakes and You are my only right, that is enough for me.

You are the only meaning of my ruined, wrecked life.

At the time of my leaving this world,

if they ask me, “What did you do?”

I will answer, “You.” And, that is enough for me.

Rubaiyat (2016), Rubai 3, page 454.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub. fall 2023), Rubai 967, Volume 3.

When Love Rattles Its Chain (4/9/2023)

When Love Rattles Its Chain (4/8/2023)

When it comes to reaching the heart of the Beloved,

there is no room for patience.

Don’t talk about patience.

 

When Love rattles its chain,

the minds of Plato and Abul Hasan* become befuddled. Continue reading “When Love Rattles Its Chain (4/9/2023)”