What Am I ?

With all of these many faced I’s and we’s,
What sort of “I” am I?
Listen, take your hand off my mouth
and let me rave

I am already lost.
Don’t lay shattered glass in my path;
I’ll crush whatever is in my way.

With every breath my heart
is stupefied by the vision of You.
If You’re happy , I’ll be happy;
if You’re sad, I’ll be sad too.

If You’re bitter, I’ll be embittered;
if You’re tender, I’ll be tender as well.
My only joy is to be with You,
close to Your sweet lips and delicate chin, Beloved.

Everything depends on You. Who am I?
Just a mirror in Your hand.
Whatever You reveal, that’s what I am;
I’m just a polished mirror.

If You’re a graceful cypress,
I’m your shadow;
and when you’re a flower;
like your shadow, I’ll pitch my tent nearby.

If I pluck a flower without You,
it becomes a thorn in my hand,
and if I’m a thorn,
with you I become roses and jasmine.

Moment by moment my heart
sheds tears of blood, then with a sudden breath
I smash my glass
at the door of the wine server.

If ever I try to reach for some idol,
I get my face scratched, my shirt torn.

From somewhere beyond myself
grace radiates into my heart.
Somewhere a Candle illumines this whole world
Who am I? Just the candlestick holder.

Divani Shamsi Tabrizi 1397
From: Rumi: Love’s Ripening
Translated by K. Helminsky & A. Rezwami


About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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3 Responses to What Am I ?

  1. Pete says:

    I thought I was a romantic! This one takes the Absolute cake! Beautiful

  2. Michaela says:

    Thank you, Pete…glad you like it too. And thanks for more Vincent…

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