Rumi poem

rob333June 17, 2011

I can't sleep and it bothers me. But it's from medication that is temporary, so I am trying to embrace the nights. Rumi helps.

Ghazal 947

don't go to sleep

this night

one night is worth

a hundred thousand souls

the night is generous

it can give you

a gift of the full moon

it can bless your soul

with endless treasure

every night when you feel

the world is unjust

never ending grace

descends from the sky

to soothe your souls

the night is not crowded like the day

the night is filled with eternal love

take this night

tight in your arms

as you hold a sweetheart

remember the water of life

is in the dark caverns

don't be like a big fish

stopping the life's flow

by standing in the mouth of a creek

even Mecca is adornedwith black clothes

showing that the heavens

are ready to grace

the human soul

even one prayer

in the Mecca of a night

is like a hundred

no one can claim

sleep can build

a temple like this

during a night

the blessed prophet

broke all the idols and

God remained alone

to give equally to all

an endless love

Translated by Nader Khalili

Rumi, Fountain of Fire

Cal-Earth, September 1994

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lilod(NoCal/8)

Very nice, Rob, even early in the morning it has a resonance.
hope you will have peaceful nights.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 9:37AM
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rob333

Isn't Rumi wonderful? He so knew the essence of a "thing" and expressed his thoughts about it beautifully.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 10:55AM
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west_gardener

I like that poem and I agree that when you're up in the middle of the night, enjoy the night.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 8:27PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

Good poem - thank you!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 11:59AM
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