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Rumi-Statue

Tomorrow (Dec. 17) marks the anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Rumi.

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

I AM THINE AND THOU ART MINE
Rumi
(trans. by R.A. Nicholson)

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A Harp of Song
Jami

JamiAnd yet how long, Jámi, in this Old House
Stringing thy Pearls upon a Harp of Song?
Year after Year striking up some new Song,
The Breath of some Old Story? Life is gone,
And yet the Song is not the Last; my Soul
Is spent—and still a Story to be told!
And I, whose Back is crookéd as the Harp
I still keep tuning through the Night till Day!
That Harp untun’d by Time—the Harper’s hand
Shaking with Age—how shall the Harper’s hand
Repair its cunning, and the sweet old Harp
Be modulated as of old? Methinks
‘Tis time to break and cast it in the Fire;
Yea, sweet the Harp that can be sweet no more,

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