Short Poems by Rumi

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The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.

—Rumi (tr. Coleman Barks)

Spiritual joys come only from solitude,
So the wise choose the bottom of the well,
For the darkness down there beats
The darkness up here.
He who follows at the heels of the world
Never saves his head.

—Rumi (tr. Philip Dunn)

Secretly we spoke,
that wise one and me.
I said, Tell me the secrets of the world.
He said, Sh ... Let silence
Tell you the secrets of the world.

—Rumi (tr. Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva)

Your love lifts my soul from the body to the sky
And you lift me up out of the two worlds.
I want your sun to reach my raindrops,
So your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud.

—Rumi (tr. Shahram Shiva)

A strange passion is moving in my head.
My heart has become a bird
which searches in the sky.
Every part of me goes in different directions.
Is it really so
that the one I love is everywhere?

—Rumi (tr. Coleman Barks)