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If You Can't Go To Sleep - A poem by Rumi



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Posted By MsJacquiiC on Sep 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Rumi (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273) was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic born in Balkh, in what is now Afghanistan. Over the years Rumi composed nearly 30,000 verses.

If You Can't Go To Sleep
by Rumi

if you can't go to sleep
my dear soul
for tonight
what do you think will happen

if you pass your night
and merge it with dawn
for the sake of heart
what do you think will happen

if the entire world
is covered with the blossoms
you have labored to plant
what do you think will happen

if the elixir of life
that has been hidden in the dark
fills the desert and towns
what do you think will happen

if because of
your generosity and love
a few humans find their lives
what do you think will happen

if you pour an entire jar
filled with joyous wine
on the head of those already drunk
what do you think will happen

go my friend
bestow your love
even on your enemies
if you touch their hearts
what do you think will happen

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Rumi: Fountain of Fire, A Celebration of Life and Love, CalEarth Press, 1994
Translated from the Persian by Nader Khalili.

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  1. MsJacquiiC
    You're welcome! And feel free to add videos yourself too!

    And Yeah - this is a special piece... I love the somber tone - it makes me both reflect on what is and what could have been. It's a dreamscape of sorts, this recitation.

    And hey! You'll be happy to know that if you accidentally close a page in the middle of a post in the forums and/or your browser crashes ==> Your text SHOULD be saved for whenever you reopen the browser tab/window. ;)

    J.
    Sep 10, 2012
  2. butchiesmom
    I've written several comments on this and erased them all before hitting post.
    Though it has touched my heart in so many ways I can't put it into words sufficient for how I feel.
    It puts me in mind of long nights waiting for the sun to paint the morning sky.
    Of the springtime of hope and the beginnings of love for others.
    How many lives could I help if only I reached out to them.
    I'm glad I took the time to read and absorb what Rumi had to say.
    Thanks for posting this Lil Sis.
    Sep 10, 2012