Poetry, Volume 9

Rumi – Poems – Five of Our Favorites by the Sufi Mystic

Tomorrow (Dec. 17) marks the anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Rumi…
 
Here are five of our favorite poems by Rumi …

 

Brad Gooch’s biography
of Rumi

 

The Flame of Love
Rumi
(trans. by R.A. Nicholson)

How long wilt thou dwell on words and superficialities?
A burning heart is what I want; consort with burning.
Kindle in thy heart the flame of Love,
And burn up utterly thoughts and fine expressions.
O Moses! the lovers of fair rites are one class,
They whose hearts and souls burn with Love another.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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