All Jelaluddin Rumi verses © Coleman Barks. All Rights Reserved
I am so small. I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.
Landscape with Clouds
This is how I would die
into the love I have for you:
as pieces of cloud
dissolve in sunlight.
The following four translations by Coleman Barks have never been published.
All Jelaluddin Rumi translations presented here © Coleman Barks
A swift stream never gets bored
with the fish that swim in it.
Nor do those fish weary
of feeling the flow around them.
No. This world loves its lovers,
and those lovers never tire of being
so dear and near what bears them along.
You are an ordinary human being.
That simplicity is better
than all existence.
Overcome with loss,
your drowning is a glory.
You say, Everything I own is dust,
but the angels envy your dust.
The Village of Lash-I-Jouayn
Find your place and close your eyes,
so your heart can start to see.
When you give up being self-absorbed,
your being becomes a great community.
I love the soul that lets my soul
stay healthy, growing
like an orchard, a garden.
He brings symbols through me
to show the world.
Then at other times,
he clears my consciousness
to be transparent like himself.