The Song of The Reed

The Song of The Reed

Now listen to this reed-flute’s deep lament

About the heartache being apart has meant:

“Since from the reed-bed they uprooted me

My song’s expressed each human’s agony,

A breast which separation’s split in two

Is what I seek, to share this pain with you:

When kept from their true origin, all yearn

For union on the day they can return.

Amongst the crowd, alone I mourn my fate,

With good and bad I’ve learnt to integrate,

That we were friends each one was satisfied

But none sought out my secrets from inside;

My deepest secret’s in this song I wail

But eyes and ears can’t penetrate the veil:

Body any soul are joined to form one whole

But no one is allowed to see the soul.”

– Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

جلال‌الدین محمد رومی

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