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Beloved Reached Desired Glow By Rumi Balkhi

Beloved Reached Desired Glow By Rumi Balkhi

Beloved reached desired glow And so we say, may it be so All doubts towards faith did grow And so we say, may it be so The devil’s plot caused perturbation And the nation faced agitation; Once again was Solomon’s nation And so we say, may it be so Beloved who put my heart in pain Closed doors on my face once again Friends would console and entertain And so we say, may it be so You drank wine on your own Lusted after all, alone Now lead the drunk upon a throne And so we say, may it be so From your majestic bright face The flame lighting my place Each corner, a well-lit space And so we say, may ... »

O Love, You Brought Forth A Jug By Rumi Balkhi

O Love, You Brought Forth A Jug By Rumi Balkhi

O Love, you brought forth a jug Filled with the ache that my heart clog I won’t drink this wine, this drug! Drink but for my heart’s sake! From this wine poured me a cup Wisely his praises I brought up Bittersweet, pleasing to sup Like the praises my heart would make. From the Wheel of Fortune and fate Stepped forth a Soul so great I ran forth to demonstrate The rewards my heart had at stake. O Divine Secret, of Thee I ask Yourself for crowds do not unmask. Praised and thanked me for my task For my heart’s sake, thus He spake. I was pleased that my Beloved’s face Towards my home its path would... »

I Am Enslaved To Fate By Rumi Balkhi

I Am Enslaved To Fate By Rumi Balkhi

I am enslaved to fate Other than fate say not a thing Honey is sweet, tastes great Other than great say not a thing Of pain speak nothing If joy not bring, say not a thing If for you this has no ring Joyously sing, say not a thing I had once gone insane Love whispered when saw my pain, “I’ve come and will remain Madness refrain, say not a thing.” I said “O Love, I fear The things other than Thee here” Said “though may thus appear To me is clear, say not a thing “I’ll whisper in your ear Secrets to you bring near Nod your head and hold dear Silently hear, say... »

Thou Art My King, Thou Art My King By Rumi Balkhi

Thou Art My King, Thou Art My King By Rumi Balkhi

Thou art my King, Thou art my King To my heart and soul faith Thou shalt bring With Thy loving breath infuse me with life Not just one single soul, my every soul Thou string. Without Thee taking bread, is of poison being fed Thou art water and bread to which with life I cling. Poison if Thou willed, into elixir will turn Thy abundant sweetness in my mouth sweetly sting. My grass and orchard, and my Paradise My herb and my tree, thy joy in me ring. Thou art my monarch, Thou art my moon too; Thou art the jewel and the mine that gave it wing. Silence I choose, best Thou givest the news Thou art t... »

Multi-Layered Existence I Know Not, I Know Not By Rumi Balkhi

Multi-Layered Existence I Know Not, I Know Not By Rumi Balkhi

Multi-layered existence I know not, I know not The magical artist of time I know not, I know not Hardship, struggle, confusion, I am taught, I am taught Congenial moodiness I know not, I know not My soul is after joy Entertainers will employ This joy seeking existence I know not, I know not This lion in me instills fear The world is a herd of deer This lion and herd of deer I know not, I know not I hear the warning of a friend, “your foes conspire and plot” Conspiracy, friend and foe I know not, I know not Earth is wife, sky man, being their child is my lot This man and wife and th... »

Why Think This Ethereal Thing Is The Soul By Rumi Balkhi

Why Think This Ethereal Thing Is The Soul By Rumi Balkhi

Why think this ethereal thing is the soul And a nugget of gold a treasured goal? In search of gold, digging deep, why? Thinking the earth to be the sky Why consider ghastly temptations To be the beauty of the nations? Why like a worm crawl with earthly lust And consider lovers lower than dust? Why drive love out with disgust Think are in love, while immersed in lust? Why let the smoke of ignorance fill the eyes with tears? Why consider godliness the result of ignorant fears? Submission to lust signifies a curse Then why insist this sign will disperse? All that I question, why, I asked of me Li... »

Come Along, Come Along, The Fields Are A-Flower By Rumi Balkhi

Come Along, Come Along, The Fields Are A-Flower By Rumi Balkhi

Come along, come along, the fields are a-flower Come along, come along, it’s the lover’s hour. Come along, all at once, every soul and all the world Bathe yourselves in the sun’s golden arrows’ shower. Mock the crone who is left without a companion Weep for the lonesome he, who has left his lover. Everyone must rise up, and spread the news, Mad man has cut his chain and escaped the tower. Beat the drums without care, and remain speechless, Mind and heart fled long before the soul fled the bower. What a day, what a day, it feels like Judgement Day, Impotent is our life’s book, has lost its very... »

O Pilgrims By Rumi Balkhi

O Pilgrims By Rumi Balkhi

O Pilgrims O Pilgrims, thou art where, thou art where? The Beloved is neigh, come hither, come hither. Thy beloved is thy neighbor, behind the wall Lost in the desert, you are seeking and you fall; If that lovely faceless face you once see Pilgrim and shrine and house you know are all thee. From house to house, you sought for proof Yet never ascended up to the roof. If it is the house of soul you seek In the mirror see the face that’s meek. If you’ve been to the garden, where is your bunch? And where your soulful pearl if at sea you lunch. With all this pain where is your gain? The only veil, ... »

I Was Dead, Became Alive By Rumi Balkhi

I Was Dead, Became Alive By Rumi Balkhi

I was dead, became alive Was tearful, laughingly thrive With love survive, my only drive I have become eternal. My eyes no longer seek Am courageous, no more meek Daring lion, far from weak Shine like Venus celestial. Said, “madness is not thy code You don’t deserve this abode.” With madness my life explode Chains before me break and fall. “Intoxicated, thou art not Art not from this divine cut.” I drank my senses out Joyously roamed in life’s hall. “Thou art not yet slain Joy runs not in thy vein.” Before life now I remain Slain, sacrificed and small. ̶... »

This Day, At The Tavern, With The Drunk We Sit By Rumi Balkhi

This Day, At The Tavern, With The Drunk We Sit By Rumi Balkhi

This day, at the tavern, with the drunk we sit This day, we let go of piety, prayer and holy writ This day, what can I say, what a feast and wine is it This day, the cup-bearer is kind and full of wit This day, no sign of our passage, not even one whit This day, with the beloved I am a hit This day, the cup-bearer does not fret a bit This day, jugs and flowing wine and joy are closely knit This day, from joy, night and morn cannot split This day, own senses, hour and time cannot fit This day, afire, passionately we are lit This day, this joyous feast, joy shall never quit This day, torn from o... »

Lovers Alas, Lovers Alas By Rumi Balkhi

Lovers Alas, Lovers Alas By Rumi Balkhi

Lovers alas, lovers alas Whoever sees that faceless face Confusion in him amass Desperation will embrace. For beloved cross every pass Worldly affairs slow their pace A flowing brook amidst the grass Flowing tears his face shall trace His ego is shattered glass Self-estranged, himself deface Sense the Divine in spirit and mass If he is truly seeking grace Love can withstand molten brass Gives his own soul in this chase Through this trap lovingly pass And find himself beside that face With love himself will embarrass Lost in time and in space There’s no cure, potion, herb or grass For one who’s... »

With All My Soul I Search And Seek By Rumi Balkhi

With All My Soul I Search And Seek By Rumi Balkhi

With all my soul I search and seek My environ my eyes do trick Where is it gone? Why is it missed? Nowhere to be found in this earthly feast In every direction I glance and peek Yet its signs to me don’t speak O pious men, where is that beauty That like a candle glows in duty. Affirm that name, whoever thus repeat To him even death will taste soft & sweet Whoever once that face has kissed His bones are blessed in gravely mist. Which do I praise? That face or hair? Whom both worlds enslave and spare. No wonder the earth falls out of sight Love transmutes all to celestial light. Praise Sham... »

Each Breath Is A Song Of Love By Rumi Balkhi

Each Breath Is A Song Of Love By Rumi Balkhi

Each breath is a song of love From left and right, pass us by We’ll return to the world above Such fate no-one can defy. We have come from the skies Befriended angels in heaven To the same place we will rise To that city past skies seven. We are above the skies And angels we transcend Why should we compromise? The House of Songs is our end. With good fortune may we live Fate is contradictory, Gladly our lives may we give Worldly pride victory. The sweet scent of this breeze Is from the curl of that hair Radiant fantasy on its knees Upon that face gladly stare. People are like the loons Are bor... »

Open The Door To Yet Another Initiate By Rumi Balkhi

Open The Door To Yet Another Initiate By Rumi Balkhi

Open the door to yet another initiate Offer some wine, his drunkenness accelerate You had closed the doors to the upper rooms Came the command from yet a higher estate. You who have fulfilled all my desires Yet another desire, my heart infatuate. Your beautiful face is another country The curl of your hair yet another state Such country and such state I shall seek Till government takes yet another trait. Every dawn the rising sun, Thy slave At your feet yet another time will prostrate With praises of Thee and those in Thy Court This world, itself yet another time elate. How joyous the time tha... »

I Knocked On Heart’s Door, For Heart I Crave By Rumi Balkhi

I Knocked On Heart’s Door, For Heart I Crave By Rumi Balkhi

I knocked on heart’s door, for heart I crave Came, “who knocks?” I said, “heart’s slave!” The bright beams of love shone through the door’s crack Upon the passers by, and lit up that deep black Wave upon wave of lovely beams, my heart was over-run Compared to this bright light, were pale the moon and sun. If the mind takes command, heart enslavement will demand Will put a leash on mind and all, and hold the end in its hand. This excitement in the world, serves only to agitate And break loose every chain, for this joyous heartful state. His body brings forth light, enthr... »

The Heart That You’ve Lost, Seek From Your Soul By Rumi Balkhi

The Heart That You’ve Lost, Seek From Your Soul By Rumi Balkhi

The heart that you’ve lost, seek from your soul Your life’s serenity seek from your soul Abdicate body’s throne, and put on your soul’s crown Traverse the skies, Saturn of your soul extol Sugar’s incomplete, it only tastes sweet When between your teeth, on your tongue roll Prophetic message divine, people are golden mine Seeking your golden vein, should become your goal You who are still, for journey have no will Take that first step, pay your highway toll Thou who art divine, are without a sign Forgive my decline, with mercy control With lightning spears, set my heart in fears My flowing tear... »

My Beloved I Once Saw By Rumi Balkhi

My Beloved I Once Saw By Rumi Balkhi

My beloved I once saw Around the room pace & dance Plucking the strings in awe Singing in a state of trance Fingers fiery flame Playing a song of old fame Joyous, drunken, and tame The night spirits enhance Stylishly would amuse Singing was the excuse Wine was the main news As the wine-bearers advance A bearer of much beauty The jug was her duty From a corner mutely Made her grand entrance She filled up the first glass A drink of molten brass; Has it ever come to pass Water on fire, per chance? Put the glass in the hand Of the Lovers, on demand Prostrate, and then stand Kiss the ground wi... »

When We Enter The Excitement Of The Night By Rumi Balkhi

When We Enter The Excitement Of The Night By Rumi Balkhi

When we enter the excitement of the night We’ll amass gifts from the ocean of the night The night veils the unseen witness from sight We cannot compare the day to the night. Sleep will not want, from sleep will take flight He who has never seen the picturesque night. Many a pure soul and heart that is bright Employed in service to the demands of the night. Night is an empty pot, black, contrite, If never tasted delicacies of the night. This journey is long, God speed our plight As we traverse the length and width of the night. From worldly affairs my hands are tied tight Till twilight I am in ... »

Everyday I Meditate Upon This, And Every Night I Groan By Rumi Balkhi

Everyday I Meditate Upon This, And Every Night I Groan By Rumi Balkhi

Everyday I meditate upon this, and every night I groan Why is my own existence to myself the least known? Whence have I come, why this coming here? Where to must I go, when will my home to me be shown? I am in desperate awe, why was I ever created? For this, my creation, whatsoever was the reason? Whatever is of the celestial realm, of that I speak I am ready to go, my clothes are packed to be away thrown. Why, take me to the tavern of that mighty King I am drunk of that aroma, only by that wind may be blown Joyous be that day that in search of the beloved I take wing towards that land, upon t... »

Once Again My Beloved Sought Me And Found By Rumi Balkhi

Once Again My Beloved Sought Me And Found By Rumi Balkhi

Once again my beloved sought me and found Joyously in the marketplace sought me and found. I hid myself, at my feet that drunken rose, rose from the ground I escaped the House of Wine, sought me and found. How wondrous that so doggedly would hound What luck that such swindling lock sought me and found. Who would find me if with crowds myself surround? Knower of crowded secrets sought me and found. I have left a bloody trail; just look around And the one on my trail sought me and found. Run away to what avail, deathward bound Why hide, a thousand times sought me and found. I pulled the thorn fr... »

I Need A Lover And A Friend By Rumi Balkhi

I Need A Lover And A Friend By Rumi Balkhi

I need a lover and a friend All friendships you transcend And impotent I remain You are Noah and the Ark You are the light and the dark Behind the veil I remain You are passion and are rage You are the bird and the cage Lost in flight I remain You are the wine and the cup You are the ocean and the drop While afloat I remain I said, “O Soul of the world My desperation has taken hold!” “I am thy essence,” without scold, “Value me much more than gold.” You are the bait and the trap You are the path and the map While in search I remain You are poison and the swe... »

Those To Mecca On Pilgrimage By Rumi Balkhi

Those To Mecca On Pilgrimage By Rumi Balkhi

Those to Mecca on pilgrimage When reached their destined stage Saw a home made out of stone Amidst the desert carnage. In that house they sought God Yet empty they found that cage; Discharged their dutiful prayers From the stone heard a message: “O idol-worshipers, why praise mud and stone Worship only the house that is praised by the sage. That House of God is the abode of the heart Blessed are those whom to the heart made their pledge; They walked their path upright and straight Unlike wheel of fortune’s hunched revolving age. Those who landed in the state of singular intelligence No l... »

My Beloved Came To My Side By Rumi Balkhi

My Beloved Came To My Side By Rumi Balkhi

My beloved came to my side Revived the place where I reside I said tonight you are my fellow My temptress, my joy implied. Said, work of some import, dear I have now identified. I swear to God, if you depart I will not last, with you denied. At least for a night, show some mercy For the misery I cannot hide; Bestow your eyes’ mercy upon The tearful waves my eyes have cried. Said, fate has shed many man’s blood I am powerless, though I’ve tried. Like Mars, there is naught but blood Even the stars to me confide. No incense will reach the Gods Till its aroma spreads wide; Since you demand no less... »

Why Think Thus O Men Of Piety By Rumi Balkhi

Why Think Thus O Men Of Piety By Rumi Balkhi

Why think thus O men of piety I have returned to sobriety I am neither a Moslem nor a Hindu I am not Christian, Zoroastrian, nor Jew I am neither of the West nor the East Not of the ocean, nor an earthly beast I am neither a natural wonder Nor from the stars yonder Neither flesh of dust, nor wind inspire Nor water in veins, nor made of fire I am neither an earthly carpet, nor gems terrestrial Nor am I confined to Creation, nor the Throne Celestial Not of ancient promises, nor of future prophecy Not of hellish anguish, nor of paradisic ecstasy Neither the progeny of Adam, nor Eve Nor of the wor... »

For The Love Of God, No Other Love Seek By Rumi Balkhi

For The Love Of God, No Other Love Seek By Rumi Balkhi

For the love of God, no other love seek In the abode of Soul, no other task seek Other than the Beloved, never seek another mate Seek not to doubt, trivia make you weak. Another love, another task, is an impossible fate In thy Godly faith, seek not doubt’s stench & reek In soul’s territory, heart’s courage is great With such courage turn from strangers and paths oblique. Half the world like vultures, half carcass-like wait Cast not vulture’s eyes upon the dead and the meek. If seduces with looks, with features and trait Try to see the thorns in that rosy cheek. Upon temptations dwell not,... »

Once More I Seek Audience With My Very Own King By Rumi Balkhi

Once More I Seek Audience With My Very Own King By Rumi Balkhi

Once more I seek audience with my very own King Once again joyously I have spread my soul’s wing. Once more fate and fortune will beseech That in this earthly camp, my tent I should pitch. We gave credence to the angels as well as to the beast The soul’s bird returned once more to Solomon’s soulful feast. Intoxication by the Beloved has become my sweet abode Soulful Joseph’s lock of hair is in an uncurling mode. Once a friend asked me, why thus engage your fate? Imagine how is the one who has found that soulful state! My determined Beloved unveiled his lovely face The canary of the soul sang h... »

I Went On A Journey Without Me By Rumi Balkhi

I Went On A Journey Without Me By Rumi Balkhi

I went on a journey without me There I found joy without me The moon that hid, could not see Cheek to cheek with me, without me For beloved set my soul free I was reborn without me Without spirit drunk are we Always happy without me Erase me from memory I remember, without me Without me with joy I plea May I always be without me Closed all doors, I could not flee Then I entered without me His heart enchained, on his knee I too am chained without me. By Shams’ cup, drunken me His cup never stay without me. Translated By: Shahriar Shahriari Vancouver, Canada April 13, 1998 »

To The Call Of The Tavern Arise, Arise By Rumi Balkhi

To The Call Of The Tavern Arise, Arise By Rumi Balkhi

To the call of the tavern arise, arise Fear not separation, be wise, be wise A kingly feast is your prize, your prize Intoxicated souls don’t despise, despise You too drink this wine, see the disguise Appearance of the Lord is a needed surprise. You are all drunk, and your watery eyes Like the shining sun, light up the night skies This place is all kindness, compassion Love, beauty, grace, goodness, passion Fear not, fear not, enter this realm of the Wise In this tavern for all sins, forgiveness with the Lord lies For every ailment, divine grace is medication The Judge of this tavern forgives ... »

My Desert Is Without End, By Rumi Balkhi

My Desert Is Without End, By Rumi Balkhi

My desert is without end, My soul, my heart must rend. The world here out-pictured, In which picture I descend? If on the path you see a head Rolling itself around the bend Ask our secret from that head On its answers you can depend. What turned you to a flying bird Solomon’s confidant and friend? How did you turn to a seeing eye To the trees in our garden attend? How did you become the tidal wave And pearls and jewels to the shores send? Not the seven skies below the heavens, Our abode, even heavens transcend Instead of the heavens and the world In the pastures of Divine Union we blend. How c... »

Go And Die, Go And Die, By Rumi Balkhi

Go And Die, Go And Die, By Rumi Balkhi

Go and die, go and die, For this love go and die, When in this love you die You will let spirits fly. Go and die, go and die, Fear no death, don’t be shy When in this dust you lie Your spirit will soar up high. Go and die, go and die, Let this existence pass by This existence is your tie And prisoners you and I. With an axe cut the tie And this, your prison, defy When your chains you untie With Kings, identify. Go and die, go and die, The handsome King satisfy For the Lord when you die Your glories multiply. Go and die, go and die, Like the tearful clouds, cry When the cloud has run dry You ar... »

Separation From Companions Is Unwise By Rumi Balkhi

Separation From Companions Is Unwise By Rumi Balkhi

Separation from companions is unwise Treading the path without light is unwise If the throne and scepter have been your prize Descent from prince to pauper is unwise. For Beloved, the you in you is disguise To focus on the you in you is unwise. If once to heavenly abundance you rise Desperation and impotence is unwise. Hear the thief’s greedy and fearful cries Fraudulent deception too is unwise. Able-body, chains & shackles unties Idleness of such a body is unwise. Your foothold gone, your soul freely flies Wingless & featherless flight is unwise; Given wings, reach only for Godly sk... »

In My Work, All My Time, Idly Spend By Rumi Balkhi

In My Work, All My Time, Idly Spend By Rumi Balkhi

In my work, all my time, idly spend I am in love, to the depths of love descend. The lion of thy longing hunted me down This same lion in my trap will find its end. On the shores of thy ocean is my hometown Kissed by waves, though depths upward won’t send. In the heavenly spirits and wine I drown Worship of vine no more need I pretend; My patience by this spirit turns to frown Fault me not if pride is not of my trend. Like Father Sun, capture the world with my crown Without soldiers, scepter or knights can defend. Sugar, from Egypt to Rome, I bring down Though day and night can never make me a... »

To This World You Have Brought The Fragrance By Rumi Balkhi

To This World You Have Brought The Fragrance By Rumi Balkhi

To this world you have brought the fragrance Yet perfume you have hidden from appearance A million excitements this aroma belies That you have thrown upon the earth and the skies. From thy own radiant light and heat You have set fire to the mind and soul’s seat From taking thy life-giving jewel The mine and the ocean have lost their cool. Millions of souls with radiant faces Have been confined to dark spaces. You take the certainty of fools And give them doubt with mental tools. They ply themselves with their own hand And with sweetness take a bloody stand. The heartful find their hearts broke... »

O Heart, When The Secrets Themselves Unveiled By Rumi Balkhi

O Heart, When The Secrets Themselves Unveiled By Rumi Balkhi

O heart, when the secrets themselves unveiled No more exerted yourself, nor travailed In your imagination and madness remain Why senses regain, why your mind hailed? Like Romeo in senseless chaos All orders before you failed. Ingesting spirits if you refrain Why in the market drunken wailed? Idleness and sitting brings you no gain If with the seafarers forward you sailed. Go to the desert and try to cross You’ve seen what these ruins entailed. Your neighbors of wine reek and stain Drunken fragrance of wine staled. Follow this aroma to the tavern lane Light as the wind, the lanes brailled Go to... »

Hail Love, Hail Love, Because Love Is Divine By Rumi Balkhi

Hail Love, Hail Love, Because Love Is Divine By Rumi Balkhi

Hail Love, hail Love, because Love is divine It is tender, it is beautiful and benign What passion, what passion, we are burning like the sun It is hidden and obscure, it is an obvious sign. We’ve fallen, we’ve fallen, it is hard to rise up We know not, we know not, this complex chaotic design. Hail the moon, hail the moon, it is curved like a cup To the features and the world, it gave shape, shade and line Dismounted, dismounted, his horse the King of Kings Hail the dust, hail the dust, that his trail would define. What picture, what picture, is drawn on the canvass of heart How strange, how ... »

Take Heed, Take Heed, Take Heed, By Rumi Balkhi

Take Heed, Take Heed, Take Heed, By Rumi Balkhi

Take heed, take heed, take heed, Two or three crooks are on the loose Thoughtfully in deception they succeed Even the moon they will abuse. Two or three vagrants have taken lead Joyous, aware, laughter they breed They shout, command, order indeed Will make the earth pay her dues. They befriend that face unseen, Which every soul longs to have seen Like those eyes, lean and mean they glean Their own well being they refuse. They have their own shape and face Yet faces they despise and displace; Their presence this world may grace Yet both worlds are but shades and hues. They wear pious robe and g... »

In Such Revealing Nights I Swoon By Rumi Balkhi

In Such Revealing Nights I Swoon By Rumi Balkhi

In such revealing nights I swoon Others crescent is my full moon The night when beloved is in our midst A night as revealing as a hundred high noon. Around us impotent causality fails For I long for the day that First Cause unveils A mendicant poverty won’t shun Others’ hardships he proudly entrails. God forbid such emblems under my gown In every town I wear such crown The pearl that outgrows both worlds Within the sea of my heart shall drown. In this world attained our resurrection grade Till thoughts of the other & Judgement Day fade Settle for God’s never ending grace Grace of all othe... »

Two Or Three Crooks In The Streets Are On The Beat By Rumi Balkhi

Two Or Three Crooks In The Streets Are On The Beat By Rumi Balkhi

Two or three crooks in the streets are on the beat They will cheat even the moon, with their deceit. Charlatans, aware in mind, joyous of heart With their shouts shake firmaments from their seat Befriend that hidden face that all souls seek With those glaring eyes they just stare and mistreat Though with face, all faces they despise Though in this world, both worlds they defeat. Piously dressed, each other they always fight Though at war, each other they will complete. To your face kind, behind your back they are mean Rose like though appear, thorns are hidden at their feet. In their hands tho... »

Alas That Beautiful Beloved By Rumi Balkhi

Alas That Beautiful Beloved By Rumi Balkhi

Alas that beautiful beloved Alas that beautiful beloved where hence? Alas that graceful Goddess where hence? In our midst like a candle brightly shone Where hence, alas, without us where hence? Like a shivering leaf my heart constantly moan Beloved left at midnight, where hence? Ask wayfarers to have the path shown That soul-pleasing companion, where hence? In the garden ask the gardener alone That unequalled King has gone, where hence? In the watch towers ask the guards who have known That beautiful rose stem, where hence? In madness roaming the desert sand and stone That dear lost in this pa... »

O Blaze Of The World You Are Dear, You Are Dear By Rumi Balkhi

O Blaze Of The World You Are Dear, You Are Dear By Rumi Balkhi

O blaze of the world you are dear, you are dear O beholding the beloved, keep near, keep near I am the creation, I am the house I am the trap and the mouse I am wise and mad, stay here, stay here I am the secrets you can’t see Cloak and turban are both me I am the cloister and the monk, do appear, do appear I am mortal, I am old Chains and shackles my feet hold I make plans, don’t disappear, don’t disappear I am the noon, I am the eve Fire of love with my heart receive I am the candle giving light, stay clear, stay clear I am the prayer and the angel in flight I am the fire, I am the light I a... »

Go To Sleep By Rumi Balkhi

Go To Sleep By Rumi Balkhi

Go to sleep Leave me alone At nights I leap Up, on my own. With waves of desire Day and night, all alone Compassion inspire Else vengeful fits are thrown. From me run away Afflictions I’ve sown For wholeness must pray Else hardships are grown. With my tearful eyes And melancholic groan Well of tears shall rise Waterwheels have known. My beauty, my fill, Has a heart of stone Heartlessly will kill Yet remain on her throne. My beloved and queen Deserves not her throne To her lover is mean Patient, kindly, my tone. Death and another pain Incurable, we are prone; I, speechless remain Afflicted in t... »

Spring Is Nigh, Spring Is Nigh By Rumi Balkhi

Spring Is Nigh, Spring Is Nigh By Rumi Balkhi

Spring is nigh, spring is nigh Beautiful spring has come by The whole world is green and fresh Tulips raise their heads up high. Listen to the Lily, sweet Basil Lily in ten tongues speaks so well Watch the waters and the dusty fields How colors and shapes multiply. Flowers try to understand How they were estranged in this land One claims to be joyously pleased From that land joys have come, why? Jasmine asks Cypress with a glance Why such intoxicated dance? Cypress whispers in its ear With a gentle friend I now lie. Narcissus conveyed with a wink How thus smile and drink Flower said, yes I do ... »

Let Go Of Deceptions O Heart By Rumi Balkhi

Let Go Of Deceptions O Heart By Rumi Balkhi

Let go of deceptions O heart Madness embrace, madness embrace Moth-like, go to the heart of the hearth Fire face, fire face Make yourself a stranger Turn your home to a manger With the lovers of this danger Cohabitate in one place, in one place Open your heart like a tray Vengeance wash away and pray The wine of love, when down you lay Your cup grace, your cup grace You must become wholly a soul To be worthy of the Divine Whole If with the drunk you play your role Drinking chase, drinking chase The bead from the ear-ring With cheek will speak and sing If cheek and ear you seek and cling Mother... »

Upon Which Path Did I Tread By Rumi Balkhi

Upon Which Path Did I Tread By Rumi Balkhi

Upon which path did I tread So I return, all else I dread; From Beloved being apart In the creed of Love is being misled. If I find another in the whole town Ain’t but a sign pointing to the Beloved. I said this is no easy path In each step a thousand traps spread O broken heart come not this way Stay upon your own tender bed. Seek that which increases the soul Ask for the wine that lightens your head; All else is shape and appearance Fame and shame’s battle and wed. Be silent, be seated, and be still Drunken, with such wine break your bread. O Pride of Spirit, Shams-e Tabriz Enslaved to Thee ... »

Alas That Now From Our Midst You Are Gone By Rumi Balkhi

Alas That Now From Our Midst You Are Gone By Rumi Balkhi

Alas that now from our midst you are gone In spite of the pain you resist, you are gone Once the circle of friends you blissed Now with the dust of ants and snakes blissed, you are gone. What of all the knowledge you endlessly list What of such mind, in the secret list you are gone. What of the helping hand the once would assist What of the feet that gardens assist, you are gone. Gentle and kind, people you charmed and wist Then earth’s dust your dust wist, you are gone. Your sweet replies no more persist No more tongue that can persist, you are gone. Jealously repented, strove to desist Pilgr... »

O Friend Of Mine, O Friend Of Mine, By Rumi Balkhi

O Friend Of Mine, O Friend Of Mine, By Rumi Balkhi

O friend of mine, O friend of mine, O heedless lovely dread of mine Compassionate unwed of mine Thy grace, worrisome head of mine. Most welcome is this soul of mine My cure, filling this hole of mine O faith and control of mine Thou rich ocean bed of mine. Caring companion of mine Happy dominion of mine A thousand opinion of mine Union of this spread of mine. To night-travelers, the light And to the disturbed, delight Where caravans stay the night Caravan guide and head of mine. Thou leader and opposition Moon and Jupiter’s position Thou reality and vision Thou precious bread of mine. O thou s... »

Hawk Told The Statue Over Land I Glide By Rumi Balkhi

Hawk Told The Statue Over Land I Glide By Rumi Balkhi

Hawk told the statue over land I glide Statue said, “I’m fine, enjoy your ride.” When I am glad, I can go to sleep But go for a walk when I’m sad and weep If in the bottom of a dark well dwell For handsome Joseph, at least, must fare well. Where beloved is, is ideal place Bottom of a well, or high up in space. In deep dark ocean the oyster will hurl All caution with joy, searching for pearl. When God sweeps away all your greed Return to your soul, the sole guide you need. In the divine light, a speck of dust Joyously dances, without need or lust. You too can choose to dance in ligh... »

That Barbed Wire On Your Path Is The Mind By Rumi Balkhi

That Barbed Wire On Your Path Is The Mind By Rumi Balkhi

That barbed wire on your path is the mind Cut the wire and your path clearly find. Heart trickster, soul veil and mind bind To find the path you must put all three behind. When you transcend heart and soul as well as mind It is like giving sight to the blind. Make your chest like a target well defined That bow is strung, the arrow is well aligned Only that chest in complaint can open tongue On whose face hundred arrows have been flung To think love is for the feeble is just wrong Love is for the courageous and the strong. Self-expression to the needy don’t belong Benevolent Love is the path fo... »

Like A Connoisseur I Shall Seek The Bouquet Of That Wine By Rumi Balkhi

Like A Connoisseur I Shall Seek The Bouquet Of That Wine By Rumi Balkhi

Like a connoisseur I shall seek the bouquet of that wine Both worlds and their dignitaries I shall put out of line. I’ll climb the tall mountain and of love raise the sign With a humble and clear heart I shall sigh and confess If for a year or so in the bottom of a pit confine The mad heart-stricken me, emancipation shall press. Since I have committed to climb that incline Upon any opposition my resolve shall impress. I and thou, heart and body, I myself do not define With head and heart stay away from this corporal regress. With your demands you also give the means and the design Wherever I l... »

We Today From Strangers Cannot Divide By Rumi Balkhi

We Today From Strangers Cannot Divide By Rumi Balkhi

We today from strangers cannot divide So drunk that we don’t know where we reside. In this love, we departed our very mind Madness and desperation we cannot hide. In this trap they said there is a hidden bait So trapped, we are the bait they implied. Spare us the moral of this story Stories and fantasies our hearts deride. Your brush combed the fibers of my heart, Ecstatic, brush from the hair cannot divide. Flame of love unseen by the blind at heart To the flame, the moth must glide with much pride. Give us wine and ask us not how many cups In this love cup and wine are both denied. On the pa... »

Anything But Love Upon This Path Is Idolatry By Rumi Balkhi

Anything But Love Upon This Path Is Idolatry By Rumi Balkhi

Anything but Love upon this path is idolatry Other than light of thy union is doubtful oratory Whoever sees but the Beloved, sees astray The lover’s seeing eye can only see God’s glory. Pass up all spirits, pick your cup from the divine tray Drink of the spirit of Love, the sole elixir in history. The soul of the lovers was woven of manly and earthly clay Follower of the path of Love, for the worldly will not worry. Through the highest wisdom in poverty secrets lay Choose detachment, this path is the prophets’ story. To that unequalled essence even the angels will pray His throne and His court... »

O Heart Let Go Of Your Soul By Rumi Balkhi

O Heart Let Go Of Your Soul By Rumi Balkhi

O heart let go of your soul Until you see the soul maker Leave behind this deceptive faker So you reach your real goal. Unless you pass through here You will never reach the beyond Free yourself from worldly bond Doubtless clear, to you appear. If it is a sign that you seek In this path, my dear friend Yourself you must transcend And signs to you will speak. Go past the four and five From six and seven look away Rise above this earth and clay Seven skies become alive. When you’ve seen the seventh sky Go to the eighth sphere Step upon the things that appear You’ll find the void nearby. Within t... »

I Am Enslaved To Fate, Of All Else Say No More By Rumi Balkhi

I Am Enslaved To Fate, Of All Else Say No More By Rumi Balkhi

I am enslaved to fate, of all else say no more With a sweet tongue speak, else I plea say no more Speak not of troubles, of treasures tell me more And if of this you know not, be not troubled, say no more. I have gone insane, Love found me, then whispered in my ear “I am here, cry not aloud, curse yourself not, say no more” I said “O Love it is other than Thee that I fear!” Said “it may thus appear, yet is not so, say no more I speak in your ear, to you brings secrets near Speak with your head, confirm a nod, say no more!” I asked, “what do I see? Is i... »

Tell Me, Is Sugar Sweeter By Rumi Balkhi

Tell Me, Is Sugar Sweeter By Rumi Balkhi

Tell me, is sugar sweeter Or He who makes sugar cane? Beauty of the moon is better Or He who makes it wax and wane? Leave all the moons behind Put sugar out of your mind In Him another you’ll find He makes another kind of grain. O mind you may be wise In knowledge and insight may rise Or is it better to prize He who makes the mind insane? Body, soul, mind and heart With power will make a start Yet in a drop, with art A hundred eyes will entertain. O love, O tumultuous love O restless bleeding dove This fire from above Makes love in your heart reign. With His love I am raw I am confused and in ... »

Like A Candle I Shine, Reflecting The Light By Rumi Balkhi

Like A Candle I Shine, Reflecting The Light By Rumi Balkhi

Like a candle I shine, reflecting the light Turn my fortune so I can shed myself candle-like The promise of the morning breeze, of joining Thee day and night Burning, yellow, shaking, crying and humble, candle-like. Thy flowing hair, like scissors sheer my soul at its height In this fire of separation burn me no more, candle-like. Pearls overflowing from the sea of my eye, fill my bosom in delight My burning heart sent its flames blazing upward, candle-like. Solar flares set in the celestial lantern, sooth the sight Every morn dam my tears and shed no more, candle-like. Thy face is spring like... »

You Closed Your Eyes, Meaning It’s Time To Sleep By Rumi Balkhi

You Closed Your Eyes, Meaning It’s Time To Sleep By Rumi Balkhi

You closed your eyes, meaning it’s time to sleep It is not sleep, that upon your enemies heap. You know that a close watch we do not keep Yet hurried are your eyes, drunken, deadly, deep. You do me wrong, but that is your treat Your mistakes, like God’s grace, I gladly greet. Many heads are lost when those eyes meet By that blade, that drop of water, you defeat. Alas, my eyes are a sea of blood Many worlds are destroyed by that flood Sometimes bloodthirsty, some messenger of God sometimes a cup-bearer, some wine, red as blood. What is cup-bearer and wine, if not divine God only knows, what for... »

Away Bitterness, Keep My Taste Sweet By Rumi Balkhi

Away Bitterness, Keep My Taste Sweet By Rumi Balkhi

Away bitterness, keep my taste sweet My mouthful of wine, never deplete Unveil and disrobe my morning gown Naked come forth, and the dawn greet. In the house of efforts there is no chance He ceases not, my goals how can I meet? In that wine, I find, my treasures lie Seeing His face my soul will complete. Not enough room in the seven skies When He makes my garment his seat. From His essence I am Lion-Heart My sweet songs simply his roar repeat. He said, “you are the harp in my grasp I, your maker, play you to my beat.” I am your harp, and each vein is a string Pluck my strings, this... »

O God, Give The Players Sweetness And Weal By Rumi Balkhi

O God, Give The Players Sweetness And Weal By Rumi Balkhi

O God, give the players sweetness and weal And for the tabbla, give them hands of steel. For their love, they sacrifice every limb Of limbs O God, please give them a great deal. These messengers of love filled our ears Grant them seeing eyes and thy Royal Seal. These lovebirds sing and cry out their love Grace them with the patience that would heal. In thy praise, they have filled many ears You too praise their praise and their zeal. They quenched the thirst of heart’s flower Let the full moon in their skies reel and wheel. I am silent, please speak to me thy will For they say you give thus, a... »

I Am Drunk And You Are Mad By Rumi Balkhi

I Am Drunk And You Are Mad By Rumi Balkhi

I am drunk and you are mad Who’ll take us home and make us glad? Said a hundred times, if you had Two or three cups less, won’t be bad. In this town I do complain Every person seems insane In this place madness like rain Washes wisdom down the drain. In the tavern of my soul Carpet of joy will unroll My soul is out of control When trapped in a soulless hole Gypsy minstrel who must play More drunk than me as I lay Beside such drunk, I dare say Mild is the story of my day. I left my home in that state My drunken ways could not wait Every place I looked, looked great Saw my beloved, my soul mate.... »

The Burning Orb Of The East By Rumi Balkhi

The Burning Orb Of The East By Rumi Balkhi

The burning orb of the East Is our honored guest tonight And the bright moon in this feast With us will rest tonight. Alert, vicious, stressed Heavens dissolve and arrest The fields of final rest Our final test tonight. Clap your hands in surprise Excited, with us rise Dance in our enterprise While at our best tonight. O sweet singer of love Tell us the secrets of love Ecstatic music from above Is our quest tonight. Like a lion brave the way Not like a fox run away, Wheel of Fortune as we pray Our lives has blest tonight. Like new grapes be not sour Be sweet like nectar and flower In sugar and... »

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