the beloved you’ve lost…

i want to leave this town
but you’ve chained me down
stolen away my heart
leaving yourself behind

now i’ve lost my way
my soul restless and head twisted
all because of those secrets
you once whispered

i only must keep
fasting my heart
to set me free
from sleepless nights

since your only advice
when you saw me in flame
was to keep burning
with you or with your thoughts

words of wisdom
came to me at last
“the beloved you’ve lost
the one you’ve been seeking outside
can only be found inside”

   — Ghazal 2582, from the Diwan-e Shams
      Translation by Nader Khalili

Published in: on October 15, 2006 at 11:19 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. Beautiful selection. The translation by Khalili is good as well…when I started reading it, I didnt even realize it was a translation…just felt like a good piece of work in English!

  2. A beautiful Rumi poem🙂 Thank you for posting it.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Such wonderful words rendered …. Beautiful Post!

  4. Just amazing words, love this great post
    Keep it up😀

  5. […]    — Ghazal 2582, from the Diwan-e Shams       Translation by Nader Khalili Nice postLink to original article […]


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