Thursday, October 13, 2016

"An Egypt That Doesn't Exist" by Rumi

An Egypt That Doesn’t Exist
by Rumi

I want to say words that flame
as I say them, but I keep quiet and don’t try
to make both worlds fit in one mouthful.

I keep secret in myself an Egypt
that doesn’t exist.
Is that good or bad? I don’t know.

For years I gave away sexual love
with my eyes. Now I don’t.
I’m not in any one place. I don’t have a name
for what I gave away. Whatever Shams
gave, that you can have from me.

--Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne

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