“Give yourself a kiss” – Rumi

What can I write more about these lyrical lines and a thought process immersed in love.

Give yourself a kiss.
If you live in China, don’t look
somewhere else, in Tibet, or Mongolia.

If you want to hold the beautiful one,
hold yourself to yourself.

When you kiss the Beloved,
touch your own lips with your own fingers.

The beauty of every woman and every man
is your own beauty.

The confusion of your hair
obscures that sometimes.

An artist comes to paint you
and stands with his mouth open.

Your love reveals your beauty,
but all covering would disappear
if only for a moment your holding-back
would sit before your generosity
and ask,
“Sir, who are you?”
At that,
Shams’ life-changing face
gives you a wink.

— Version by Coleman Barks
“Like This”
Maypop, 1990

Courtesy Sunlight Group

Published on May 7, 2007 at 8:29 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. My father
    sailed from china
    with sweat, fear
    and hope to better
    life in nursantara
    his prodigal son
    found light of rumi
    wings of eternity
    finding Way
    of Return
    Qing Zhen
    Jiao !


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