1. Quatrains

From the recording Garden of Mystic Lovers

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don’t think of good advice for me
i’ve tasted the worst, the worst that can happen
so they lock me somewhere, bound and gagged
they can’t tie up this new love i have

the minute i’m disappointed, i feel encouraged
when i’m ruined, i’m healed
when i’m quiet and solid as the ground
then i speak the low tones of thunder for everyone

daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning
our souls are dancing with you
without feet they dance
can you see them when I whisper in your ear?

there’s a strange frenzy in my head, of birds flying
each particle circulating on its own
is the one i love everywhere?

English translation of Rumi poems by Coleman Barks