If A Tree Could Wander

by Jalaluddin Rumi

Did Yusaf not leave his father,
in grief and tears and despair?

Did he not, by such a journey,
gain kingdom and fortune wide?

Did not the Prophet travel
to far Medina, friend?

And there he found a new kingdom
and ruled a hundred lands.

You lack a foot to travel?
Then journey into yourself!

And like a mine of rubies
receive the sunbeams? print!

Out of yourself ? such a journey
will lead you to your self,

It leads to transformation
of dust into pure gold!

–Jalauddin Rumi

If A Tree Could Wander

2 thoughts on “If A Tree Could Wander

  1. halimshin says:

    Oh Maulana Rumi we salute you from land of East
    we smell the perfumes of your unwalled garden
    we met and took some wisdom from Sulaiman Dede
    The master of Konya despite many pretenders

    One American faqir sat at your feet and kissed you
    He sing and turn and whirl around in ecstasy
    Haji Issa and Haji Abdal Aziz got the special izin
    The pages of your Mathnawi became alive
    until it reached a malaysian faqir in europe

    Oh Rumi, we honor you, we wear the red tall fez
    The perfume, whirlings and secrets fly here and there
    we knew who your ardent students and masters

    Dr Abdad ar-Rauwi in Pearl Island sing it
    Another seeker at Bamboo River of Kuang Forest drink it
    One faqir make a bow and shoot by your arrows

    Oh Allah, bless all those true lovers, warriors and inheritors
    of our Maulana Rumi baraka and karama
    and bless our Master, Helper of Two Worlds
    and his family and companions at every instant
    so we can set out and journey under Your care.

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