Ode 1620

There is a passion in me
that doesn’t long for anything
from another human being.

I was given something else,
a cap to wear in both worlds.

It fell off. No matter.

One morning I went to a place beyond dawn.

A source of sweetness that flows
and is never less.

I have been shown a beauty
that would confuse both worlds,
but I won’t cause that uproar.

I am nothing but a head
set on the ground
as a gift for Shams. 


From: Rumi – Like This
Versions by: Coleman Barks  

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