Look at Love by Mevlana Jelauddin Rumi

 Rumi is a 13th Century Sufi mystic and poet.  This poem was originally written in Persian/Farsi and Turkish.  The text below is an English from a translation by Nader Khalli from Fountain of Life.

Rumi is a 13th Century Sufi mystic and poet.  This poem was originally written in Persian/Farsi and Turkish.  The text below is an English from a translation by Nader Khalli from Fountain of Life.

 
 

Look at love

Look at love
How it tangles
With the one fallen in love.

 

Look at spirit
How it fuses with earth
Giving it new life.
Why are you so busy
With this or that or good or bad
Pay attention to how things blend.

 

Why talk about all
The known and the unknown
See how the unknown merges into the known.

 

Why think separately
Of this life and the next
When one is born from the last

 

Look at your heart and tongue
One feels but deaf and dumb
The other speaks in words and signs.

 

Look at water and fire
Earth and wind
Enemies and friends all at once.

 

The wolf and the lamb
The lion and the deer
Far away yet together.

 

Look at the unity of this
Spring and winter
Manifested in the equinox.

 

You too must mingle my friends
Since the earth and the sky
Are mingled just for you and me

 

Be like sugarcane
Sweet yet silent
Don’t get mixed up with bitter words

My beloved grows right out of my own heart
How much more union can there be.