Thursday, 15 December 2011

Come into the sea of Rumi

You are a bird of the sea,
even though a chicken 
has sheltered you beneath her wing.

The desire in your heart is for the sea;
your soul has that nature from your mother.

Leave your land-bound nursemaid
and move on.

Come into the sea of reality.
You are a waterfowl:
you can live on land and sea.

You are of royal birth, for . . .
"We have ennobled the children of Adam:"
you walk on both dry land and sea.

~ Rumi
(Come into the sea of reality)
Mathnawi II,
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski

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