Found poems: RUMI


1. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

2.“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

and rightdoing there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass

the world is too full to talk about.”

3. “The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.

They’re in each other all along.”

4. “I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you

first come ’round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come

into a room you’ve just left.

Know the lift of your heel,

the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way

you purse your lips

then let them part,

just the slightest bit,

when I lean in to your space

and kiss you.

I want to know the joy

of how you whisper


5. “I said to the night,

‘If you are in love with the moon,

it is because you never stay for long.’

The night turned to me and said,

‘It is not my fault. I never see the Sun,

how can I know that love is endless?’”

6. “You are the Essence of the Essence,

The intoxication of Love.

I long to sing Your Praises

but stand mute

with the agony of wishing in my heart!”

7. “If I love myself

I love you.

If I love you

I love myself.”

8. “Lovers find secret places

inside this violent world

where they make transactions

with beauty.”

9. “If you are seeking, seek us with joy

For we live in the kingdom of joy.

Do not give your heart to anything else

But to the love of those who are clear joy,

Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair.

For there are hopes: they are real, they exist—

Do not go in the direction of darkness—

I tell you: suns exist.”

10. “Love isn’t the work of the tender and the gentle;

Love is the work of wrestlers.

The one who becomes a servant of lovers

is really a fortunate sovereign.

Don’t ask anyone about Love; ask Love about Love.

Love is a cloud that scatters pearls.”

11.“This is how I would die

into the love I have for you:

As pieces of cloud

dissolve in sunlight.”

12.“Love so needs to love

that it will endure almost anything, even abuse,

just to flicker for a moment. But the sky’s mouth is kind,

its song will never hurt you, for I

sing those words.”

13. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”


~ by Barbara S on January 29, 2022.

4 Responses to “Found poems: RUMI”

  1. 2, is my all-time favourite 😍

  2. Hi Barbara, #2 is one that I am familiar with. I really enjoyed the book the Rumi Prescription. It was about how Rumi’s poetry became a thread in the author’s modern life and her relationship with her family.

  3. My friend Zakiah loves Rumi but insists that reading his poems in Urdu is really the only way to fully appreciated them. I don’t agree. #8 resonates with me…

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