Are you fleeing from Love
because of a single humiliation?
What do you know of love except the name?
Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain
and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:
it has no interest in a disloyal companion.
The human being resembles a tree;
Your root a convenant with God:
That root must be cherished with all one’s might.
A feeble convenant is a rotten root, without grace or fruit.
Though the boughs and leaves of the date palm are green,
greenness brings no benefit if the root is corrupt.
If a branch is without green leaves, yet has a good root,
a hundred leaves will put forth their hands in the end.
Mathnawi V, 1163-1169
From: Rumi: Love’s Ripening
Translated by K Hemlinski and A Rezwani