Monday, June 03, 2013

#618: #100Ideas_KeriSmithInspired [1] Poetry by Rumi

Even though the partners haven't assigned yet, I decide to start this interesting swap now.
And the first item I do is number 5 on the list: "Find a piece of poetry you respond to. Rewrite it and glue it into your journal.". Well, I don't have any journal to write right now. But I'm planning to make one for this swap. So, for now, I will post it here in my blog. I will post the photograph later.

Here's the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi.

I Was Dead

I was dead
I came alive
I was tears
I became laughter

all because of love
when it arrived
my temporal life
from then on
changed to eternal

love said to me
you are not
crazy enough
you don't
fit this house

I went and
became crazy
crazy enough
to be in chains

love said
you are not
intoxicated enough
you don't
fit the group

I went and
got drunk
drunk enough
to overflow
with light-headedness

love said
you are still
too clever
filled with
imagination and skepticism

I went and
became gullible
and in fright
pulled away
from it all

love said
you are a candle
attracting everyone
gathering every one
around you

I am no more
a candle spreading light
I gather no more crowds
and like smoke
I am all scattered now

love said
you are a teacher
you are a head
and for everyone
you are a leader

I am no more
not a teacher
not a leader
just a servant
to your wishes

love said
you already have
your own wings
I will not give you
more feathers

and then my heart
pulled itself apart
and filled to the brim
with a new light
overflowed with fresh life

now even the heavens
are thankful that
because of love
i have become
the giver of light

How Long

How long will you think about this painful life?
How long will you think about this harmful world?
The only thing it can take from you is your body.
Don't say all this rubbish and stop thinking. 

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