But If You Are Happy

But If You Are Happy

When you whirl,
your eye sees the room whirling, too.

If you sail in a ship over the sea,
it seems the seashore is running past.

If your heart is oppressed with struggle,
the whole atmosphere of the world feels tight;
but if you are happy as your friends would wish,
this world seems to be a garden of roses.

~ Rumi
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996