rumi…buy me from my words

Before now I wanted

to be paid for what I said,

but now I need you

to buy me from my words.

The idols I used to carve

charmed everyone. Now I’m drunk

on Abraham and tired of idols.

An idol with no color or scent

ended my whole career.

Find someone else for the job.

A happy madman wihout thought,

I have swept the shop clean.

If something enters my mind,

I say, “Leave. You’re a distraction.”

Whatever is coarse and heavy, I destroy.

Who should be with Layla?

Someone who can be Majnun.

The man holding up this waving flag

actually belongs to the other side.

Translated by Kabir Helmiski, Love is a Stranger


2 Responses to “rumi…buy me from my words”

  1. May 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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