Poetry, Volume 9

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

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

 

Brad Gooch’s biography
of Rumi

 

The Gifts of the Beloved
Rumi

Where will you find one more liberal than God?
He buys the worthless rubbish which is your wealth,
He pays you the Light that illumines your heart.
He accepts these frozen and lifeless bodies of yours,
And gives you a Kingdom beyond what you dream of,
He takes a few drops of your tears,
And gives you the Divine Fount sweeter than sugar.
He takes your sighs fraught with grief and sadness,
And for each sigh gives rank in heaven as interest.
In return for the sigh-wind that raised tear-clouds,
God gave Abraham the title of “Father of the Faithful.

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