“Like This”

“Like This”

translation from Rumi's Divan by Fatemeh Keshavarz

Read the poem:
If anyone asks you about the huris, show your face, say:
 like this!

If anyone asks you about the moon, climb up on the roof, say:
 like this!

If anyone seeks a fairy, let them see your countenance,
 If anyone talks about the aroma of musk, untie your hair [and] say:
 like this!

If anyone asks: "How do the clouds uncover the moon?" untie the front of
 Your robe, knot by knot, say:
 like this!

If anyone asks: "How did Jesus raise the dead?" kiss me on the lips, say:
 like this!

If anyone asks: What are those killed by love like?" direct him to me, say:
 like this!

If anyone kindly asks you how tall I am, show him your arched eyebrows,
 say: like this!

 

Listen to the poem read by:


Houman Pourmehdi
» in Persian

Soleyman Vaseghi
» in Persian
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Fatemeh Keshavarz
» in English

 

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Rumi

was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries.

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