Rumi

Persia, (1207-1273)

Who makes these changes?

  1. Who makes these changes?
  2. I shoot an arrow right.
  3. It lands left.
  4. I ride after a deer and find myself
  5. Chased by a hog.
  6. I plot to get what I want
  7. And end up in prison.
  8. I dig pits to trap others
  9. And fall in.
  10.  
  11. I should be suspicious
  12. Of what I want.

The Essential Rumi,. trans. by Coleman Barks and John Moyne. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.

About the Poet

Rumi, (Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi or Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi) (1207-1273), was a 13th-century poet, jurist, theologian, and sufi mystic, translated here by Coleman Barks (b. 1937), a US poet and teacher of contemporary American poetry. [DES-6/03]

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