Thursday, 16 August 2012

Our drunkenness does not come from Rumi

Our drunkenness 
does not come from wine. 

The joy of our gathering 
does not come from the harp or rubaab. 

With no celestial beauty to fill our cup,
Without friends, without singing, without wine,

We burst out like madmen,
rolling drunk on the floor.

~ Rumi
Version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise
Bantam Books, 1992


  1. We don't need wine to get drunk,
    or instruments and singing to feel ecstatic.

    No poets, no leaders, no songs,
    yet we jump around totally wild.

    ~ Rumi
    Version by Coleman Barks
    "Unseen Rain"
    Threshold Books, 1986

  2. I don't really need wine
    to get drunk

    I don't really need music
    to feel delight

    Without a wine pal
    music and dance

    I'm intoxicated
    happy and gone

    ~ Rumi
    Translation by Nader Khalili
    Rumi, Dancing the Flame
    Cal-Earth Press, 2001