Thursday, September 22

What Was Told, That

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!

-- Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks can be seen in Rumi-Turning Ecstatic
a film by Tina Petrova and Stephen Roloff
World premiere 27 September in Toronto (Theatre D Digital)
New York premiere 9 December (Lighthouse Theater)