Before I Was Seduced By Love

The Breaking Wave of Love

Before I Was Seduced By Love

You ask me
who are you and
with such a shaky
existence how can you
fall in Love

How do I know
who am I or where I am
how could a simple wave
locate itself
in an ocean

You ask me
what am i seeking
above and beyond
the pure light
that I once was

And why am I
imprisoned in this cage
named body and
yet I claim to be
a free bird.

How do I know
how I lost my way
I know for sure
I was all straight
before I was
seduced by love.

~ Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi Rumi
(Before I was Seduced by Love )
Ghazal 1517
Translation by Nader Khalili
“Rumi, Fountain of Fire”
Cal-Earth Press, 1995