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Longing for the Birds of Solomon
Is this stuff poetry? It's what birds sing in cages.
Where are the words spoken by the birds of Solomon?
How would you know their cries, if you heard them,
When you haven't seen Solomon even for two seconds?
Solomon's bird lifts his wings, one tip touches East, one West.
Those who hear the notes feel an intensity in their whole body.
The bird descends from the Holy One's bedroom door to earth.
And from earth it flies among light back to the Great Seat.
Without Solomon every bird is a bat in love with darkness.
Listen, oh mischievous bat, try to become his friend. Do you want to stay
in your cave forever?
If you go even three feet towards Solomon's mountain,
Others will use that as a yardstick to measure their lives.
Suppose your leg is gimpy, and you have to hop, what's the difference?
Going toward Solomon, even by limping, the leg grows whole.
The Rumi Collection - Edited by Kabir Helminski
Translation by Robert Bly
Links to other Rumi sites
- Coleman Barks
Website of Coleman Barks, one of the foremost translators of Rumi
- Rumi Poems
Rumi Odes & Quatrains by Shahram Shiva
- The Way of the Heart
Ecstatic poetry and teaching stories of Rumi on CD