Wednesday, 8 February 2012

It is a sign of intimate Rumi

It is a sign 
of intimate friendship

when speech flows 
freely from the heart

Without intimacy,
the flow is blocked.

When the heart
has seen the sweetheart
how can it remain bitter ?

When a nightingale
has seen the rose

How can it keep
from singing ?

~ Rumi
Mathnawi VI:2638-2639
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996

Art by Frederick Morgan

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