Poetry for a Summer’s Day

August 25, 2012
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I love the Sufi poets, Rumi & Hafiz. A good poem is like a drink of the most delicious nectar on a hot, dry day. Here is one of my favorites, enjoy!!

What Was Said to the Rose

What was said to the rose that made it open
was said to me here in my chest.

What was told the Cypress that made it strong
and straight, what was

whispered the jasmine so it is what it is, whatever made
sugarcane sweet, whatever

was said to the inhabitants of the town of Chigil in
Turkestan that makes them

so handsome, whatever lets the pomegranate flower blush
like a human face, that is

being said to me now. I blush. Whatever put eloquence in
language, that’s happening here.

The great warehouse doors open; I fill with gratitude,
chewing a piece of sugarcane,

in love with the one to whom every that belongs!

Poem by Jalaluddin Rumi,
translation ©2005 — Coleman Barks

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