“The seed market” a poem by Rumi

“Can you find another market like this?

Where, with your one rose, 

You can buy hundreds of rose gardens?


for one seed

you get a whole wilderness?

For one weak breath,

the divine wind?

You’ve been fearful 

of being absorbed in the ground

or drawn up by the air.

Now, your waterbead lets go

and drops into the ocean,

where it came from.

It no longer has the form it had

but it’s still water.

The essence is the same.

This giving up is not a repenting.

It’s a deep honoring of yourself.

When the ocean comes to you as a lover,

Marry, at once, quickly,

for God’s sake!

Don’t postpone it!

Existence has no better gift.

No amount of searching 

will find this.

A perfect falcon, for no reason

has landed on your shoulder

and become yours.”

Excerpt from Essential Rumi, collected and translated by Coleman Barks

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