But if you are happy…

When you whirl, your eye sees the room whirling, too.
If you sail in a ship over the sea,
it seems the seashore is running past.
If your heart is oppressed with struggle,
the whole atmosphere of the world feels tight;
but if you are happy as your friends would wish,
this world seems to be a garden of roses.

Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 7:28 pm  Comments (1)  

Choosing sweetness or vinegar

Poem by Rumi translated by Nader Khalili. Read it here >>

Published in: on April 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment