Unfold Your Own Myth…

Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty
and sees the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?  Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?

Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Solomon cuts open a fish, and there’s a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase  a deer and end up everywhere!
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow one drop.
Now there’s a pearl.

A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he’s wealthy.

But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others.  Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.

Start walking toward Shams.  Your legs will get heavy
and tired.  Then come a moment
of feeling the wings you’ve grown,

–from The Essential Rumi


2 Responses to “Unfold Your Own Myth…”

  1. really boggling how it fits with what has been told to me. I suck as a writer, and need to find a new way to express myself. so this posting of yours is just great for me. thanks for finding it 🙂 maybe i will find a way to unfold the myth of me. have fun with the new series tonight!



  2. I love Rumi and that tasty photo goes perfect with Barks translation.


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