‘Last night’ by Jalalud’din Rumi

Last night
I begged the Wise One to tell me
the secret of the world.
Gently, gently he whispered,
“Be quiet,
the secret cannot be spoken,
it is wrapped in silence”.

This poem is taken from the collection of Rumi’s quatrains called Whispers of the Beloved, translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin. This particular poem really touched me when I read it, and I thought it would be a lovely one to post on here.

There is not much I want to say about it; my usual reaction to Rumi poems is quiet reflection! I will say, however, that the wisdom of this piece is just so beautifully expressed (beautifully translated!), and that I am in love with that final line, “it is wrapped in silence”.



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theodorebaker
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 17:01:42

    I love it when the “Wise One” says to the speaker “Be quiet,”… as if he already knows the secret, but also as if he scolds him for even bringing it up.


  2. Lady Fancifull
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 19:32:06

    Ah, Rumi!


  3. safia
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 04:43:40

    Of course the Wise One would know how to keep a secret! 🙂 My gravatar is a Dervish in Konya, the town where Rumi is laid to rest. Visiting his tomb and the museum-like display around it was one of my most memorable moments on my last trip to Turkey.


  4. usamamustafakamil
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 10:44:15

    This is great, reposting it at my blog “www.lilydrops.com”. I wonder why I cant see you in my reader? I have to manually insert it into a blog post.


  5. Emma
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 18:29:41

    Hello, there’s a tag chain through blogs called the Liebster Award, and I nominated you for it, if you want to take part then here is my post; http://emlinian.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/the-liebster-award/


  6. Theresa
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 23:05:14

    I love Rumi. This reminds me of “Be still, and know that I am God.”


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