Rumi Poem - What was said to the rose? - Coleman Barks

What was said to the rose that made it open
was said to me here in my chest.

What was told the Cypress that made it strong
and straight,

what was whispered the jasmine so it is what it is,
whatever made sugarcane sweet,

whatever was said to the inhabitants of the town of Chigil in Turkestan
that makes them so handsome,

whatever lets the pomegranate flower blush like a human face,
that is being said to me now. I blush!

Whatever put eloquence in language,
that’s happening here.

The great warehouse doors open; I fill with gratitude,
chewing a piece of sugarcane,

in love with the one to whom every that belongs!

~ Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks performs a poem by Rumi, "What Was Said to the Rose" at one of the Mythic Journeys conferences. Musical accompaniment by Eugene Friesen and Arto Tuncboyaciyan. Source.

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