Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Like This--Translated from Rumi's Divan by Fatemeh Keshevarz



Rumi--a Persian poet and Muslim Sufi mystic from many moons ago.  There is something in his words that, to me, completely engage the body while at the same time transcending any social pressures or shallow ideas about beauty or appearance.  His words make me feel alive, and heavy with love.  More of him to come.  Enjoy this one.  


Like This

If anyone asks you about the huris, show your face, say: like this!
 
If anyone asks you about the moon, climb up on the roof, say: like this! 
If anyone seeks a fairy, let them see your countenance, 
If anyone talks about the aroma of musk, untie your hair [and] say: like this! 
If anyone asks: "How do the clouds uncover the moon?" untie the front of 

Your robe, knot by knot, say: like this!

If anyone asks: "How did Jesus raise the dead?" kiss me on the lips, say: 

like this!

If anyone asks: What are those killed by love like?" direct him to me, say: 

like this!

If anyone kindly asks you how tall I am, show him your arched eyebrows, 

say: like this!

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