I sent this Rumi poem to Laura just after we met

From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it

Today I have seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that I was looking for

Today I have found you
and those who laughed
and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking
as I did

I am bewildered by the magnificence
of your beauty
and wish to see you
with a hundred eyes

My heart has burned with passion
and has searched forever
for this wondrous beauty
that I now behold

I am ashamed
to call this love human
and afraid of God
to call it divine

Your fragrant breath
like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden
You have breathed new life into me
I have become your sunshine
and also your shadow

My soul is screaming in ecstasy
Every fiber of my being
is in love with you

Your effulgence
has lit a fire in my heart
for me
the earth and sky

My arrow of love
has arrived at the target
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer

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  1. Steve Brown says:

    Dear Lucie:

    A beautiful poem. It strikes me that it could be read two ways. One is simply put, two people very much in love. What I think Rumi is referring to, because he uses the word “today” several times, is the discover of one whom you may love, but truly “seeing” that person as if for the first time.

    I came across this wonderful quote below when I came to work this morning.



    After a long journey over mountains and valleys, a Salt Doll reached the sea shore. She was struck by that vast expanse of water she discovered. She had never seen the sea before. It was so large, so charming. She felt irresistibly attracted towards it. She stood on the shore, so firm and assured. The sea in front of her looked vast, immense, inviting and peaceful. She wanted by all means to know what the sea was.
    Timidly, the Doll came closer to the sea and with a touch of curiosity asked the sea, “Who are you?” And the sea replied, “I am the sea.” The Doll remarked, “Well, you only told me your name. I want to know more about you. I want and long to experience who you are. Show me more about yourself’.”
    The sea mysteriously answered, “I am just what I am. I am the sea.” In perplexity, the Doll inquired, “I cannot figure out what you say you are. Yet, I want to know more about you. Shall I ever understand who you are?”
    The sea replied, “You will never come to know who I am, unless you come closer to me, unless you touch me. If you really long to know who I am, please, come forward and allow me to embrace you.”
    The Doll came forward and fearfully touched the sea with one of her feet. Immediately, she experienced a very strange, but beautiful feeling, something glorious she could not understand. Then, she tried to remove her foot out the water, but her foot wasn’t there any more! It had dissolved in the sea. In fright and disbelief, the Doll cried out, “What have you done to my foot?”
    “Yes, your foot is gone.You have given me permission to embrace you and experience who I am! If you wish to know more about me, and how wonderful it is to abide in me, come even closer to me now. Be ready to lose yourself in me.” Then, the Doll gradually stepped deeper and deeper into the sea.
    The deeper she went into the water that strange but wonderful feeling of joy grew stronger and stronger. Finally, when the Doll was about to be completely dissolved by the sea, she exclaimed, “Now I know what the sea is and what I am. We are one!”

    Unknown Author


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