Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself
that you have built against it
Dance when you’re broken open.
Dance when you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,
like a wave that crests into foam at the very top, begin.
Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine,
or the tree leaves clapping time.
Close the ears on your head
that listen mostly to lies
and cynical jokes.
There are other things to see, and hear:
and a brilliant city inside your soul!
13th century poet, scholar, Sufi mystic
Coleman Barks, a poet and scholar, has translated numerous works by Rumi. He once said, “Rumi wants us to be more alive, to wake up. He wants us to see our beauty, in the mirror and in each other.”