Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

Heard the poem below being recited by a very emotional Princeton University student, and have not been able to let go of it since then. Have read it multiple times and would like to share it here. For you, to ponder on..

Home, by Warsan Shire (British-Somali poet)

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark.
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city
running as well.
your neighbours running faster
than you, the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind
the old tin factory is
holding a gun bigger than his body,
you only leave home
when home won't let you stay.
no one would leave home unless home
chased you, fire under feet,
hot blood in your belly.
it's not something you ever thought about
doing, and so when you did -
you carried the anthem under your breath,
waiting until the airport toilet
to tear up the passport and swallow,
each mouthful of paper making it clear that
you would not be going back.
you have to understand,
no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land.
who would choose to spend days
and nights in the stomach of a truck
unless the miles travelled
meant something more than journey.
no one would choose to crawl under fences,
be beaten until your shadow leaves you,
raped, then drowned, forced to the bottom of
the boat because you are darker, be sold,
starved, shot at the border like a sick animal,
be pitied, lose your name, lose your family,
make a refugee camp a home for a year or two or ten,
stripped and searched, find prison everywhere
and if you survive and you are greeted on the other side
with go home blacks, refugees
dirty immigrants, asylum seekers
sucking our country dry of milk,
dark, with their hands out
smell strange, savage -
look what they've done to their own countries,
what will they do to ours?
the dirty looks in the street
softer than a limb torn off,
the indignity of everyday life
more tender than fourteen men who
look like your father, between
your legs, insults easier to swallow
than rubble, than your child's body
in pieces - for now, forget about pride
your survival is more important.
i want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home tells you to
leave what you could not behind,
even if it was human.
no one leaves home until home
is a damp voice in your ear saying
leave, run now, i don't know what
i've become.

Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Nesting Dolls

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.

They're in each other all along.

~Rumi

Rajat

Rajat Khalil Gibran perhaps in the same vein says " And think not you direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course."

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman very similar to the concept of soul mates, no? @Jade, do you think that's what he's getting at? or is it more like the Khalil Gibran quote?

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Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan off topic! but that is a great picture and composition with lot of depth.

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Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor

"perhaps in the end
things
balance:

a million poems
that miss their point

single mass-
produced bullet

that simply
doesn't"
Damiam Garside.

Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Tear down the Wall

Your task is not to seek for love,

but merely to seek and find all

the barriers within yourself

that you have built

against it.

~Rumi

Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Poverty: having nothing and wanting nothing

Last night my teacher taught me the lesson of Poverty: Having nothing and Wanting nothing. ~Rumi

 

For this quote, I decided to change it up and use http://recite.com to create the art! Pretty cool!

What do you guys think about this one? I was personally shocked by it when I read it for the first time. It seems like a bit of a paradox to me somehow...

Rajat

Rajat Hmm isn't that being rich..metaphorically

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills Right! Confuses me as well. Maybe Rumi is trying to say that we Should want things? And have some things? But with moderation? Interesting how we automatically interpret his words with a pretty narrow mind of what we expect him to say

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Rumi on Divine Love

Category : Pictures |

“Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be.”

~Rumi

 

Rajat

Rajat Jade please let us know if you face any issues publishing from blogs. We were trying to sort out. Also somewhat confused with Rumi how did he know about intoxication without alcohol ?

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman I think he means sober in the sense that they're "with it"-- not necessarily with regards to alcohol. If the lover is drunk on anything, it's infatuation!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

The Question

Category : Pictures |

God's presence is there in front of me,

a fire on the left, a lovely stream on the right.

One group walks toward the fire, into the fire,

another toward the sweet flowing water.

No one knows which are blessed and which not.

Whoever walks into the fire

appears suddenly in the stream.

A head goes under on the water surface,

that head pokes out of the fire.

Most people guard against going into the fire,

and so end up in it.

Those who love the water of pleasure, and make

it their devotion, are cheated with this reversal.

The trickery goes further.

The voice of the fire tells the truth ,

saying, "I am not fire.  I am fountainhead.

Come into me and don't mind the sparks."

If you are a friend of God, fire is your water.

You should wish to have

a hundred thousand sets of mothwings,

so you could burn them away, one set a night.

The moth sees light and goes into fire.

You should see fire and go toward light.

Fire is what of God is world-consuming.

Water, world-protecting.

Somehow each gives the appearance of the other.

To these eyes you have now what looks like water burns.

What looks like fire is a great relief to be inside.

~Rumi

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman wow-- is that the complete poem?

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills Yes, amazing isn't it? Rumi's conversations run and reflect deep.

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

In your light

Category : Poetry |

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”

~Rumi

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Nice drawing! I wonder if this is similar to the elusive creative genius described by Elizabeth Gilbert in her ted talk. here's the link: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius

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Mason Clark

Mason Clark How did you get the fluorescence?

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Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma I wondered the same thing about the fluorescence! Is there light behind the paper? Emma, that was a great ted talk!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

The language of silence

Category : Pictures |

“Silence is the language of god, 

all else is poor translation.”

~Rumi

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman do You feel that this goes along with the notion that some things cant be expressed with words, and that those are the things that are divine? Im curious to hear your interpretarion

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills Yes, I feel silence speaks clearer and with greater nuance than words, but you have to hear it!

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Sometimes I just feel I have nothing to say-- is this the same kind of silence?

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills Do you say nothing because it cannot be expressed!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

The Breeze at Dawn

Category : Pictures

“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you

Don't go back to sleep!

You must ask for what you really want.

Don't go back to sleep!

People are going back and forth 

across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,

The door is round and open

Don't go back to sleep!”

-Rumi

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

Written by my good friend @Aastha Saxena Khatwani, and dedicated to all her girl friends on International Women's Day:

I am
The sunshine
That flows in the veins of a leaf
To saturate the innards of a grain
I am
The Sargam that entwines the melodies
To chain the unbridled emotions
I am
The teardrop held back by eyelashes
To hide the stinging heart
I am
The Soul who opts to be less than equal
To let the World go on
I am
All this and much more
I am a Woman

Dedicated to all the wonderful women in my life.
May our Tribe go on making each day happy for every being around us. Cheers !

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

"...I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and
self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of
owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of
years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth...." excerpt from Song Of Myself by Walt Whitman

Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Nostalgic for Spring...

"Roses shine in the clay

beside your tomb.

Be aware, earth,

who sleeps inside you!"

~Rumi

Jade Mills

Jade Mills Sorry it has been so long since I posted! I am curious about what everyone here thinks about this poem. What comes to mind when you read it?

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Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan I sort of visualize the remains inside !

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Rajat

Rajat Different images, not sure which one really - circle of life or outwardly calm with turmoil inside.

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Perhaps it is referring to something good inside each "muddy" thing? Maybe the roses represent some good quality of people, even though it only shows some of the time?

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

You will never know me

Study me as much as you like, you will never know me,

for I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be.

Put yourself behind my eyes, see me as I see myself,

For I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.

~Rumi

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Did Rumi write in English or Persian? Are these translations or original?

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Violet Grant

Violet Grant I don't think he wrote in English- reasons to learn Persian!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills these are translations

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills I choose the poems based on how I am feeling. I'll often go to Rumi when I want to reflect-- and whatever resonates, I like to write down. Who is your favorite poet, @Vidushi?

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Vidushi Sharma, I'm interested to hear about your favorite poet!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

All I want now is poetry

Category : Poetry |

"Love lit a fire in my chest, and anything

that wasn't love left: intellectual

subtlety, philosophy

books, school.

 

All I want now

to do or hear

is poetry."

~ Rumi

Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Change within

Yesterday I was clever,

So I wanted to change the world.

 

Today I am wise,

So I am changing myself.

~Rumi

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Do you feel this concept can be a bit selfish? I understand how changing you mindset can improve your quality of life... But there are still problems in the world that can be at least semi-improved by an individual. Maybe I'm reading it differently, but that is the problem I have with this quote

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Rajat

Rajat This is a tough one. You could well argue like George Bernard Shaw and say "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." I guess it ultimately depends on what one believes is worth fighting for and sleeping dogs lie for the rest !! Emma Zahren-Newman

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Atul Dikshit

Atul Dikshit Mahatma Gandhi's quote embodies all that you have said "Be the change you want to see in this world".

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills Well said, Atul. To me, this quote is more about thinking globally, acting locally. Have the world in mind, yes, but realize that you cannot fix all problems single-handedly. That being said, great things can be achieved with passion in your heart. If you better yourself, you are impacting the world in a positive way and being happier in the process.

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Love-Breath

There is a way of breathing

that's a shame and suffocation.

 

And there's another way of expiring,

a love-breath that lets you open infinitely.

~Rumi

Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma These all really make me want to learn Persian and read the originals...

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman *2 months later..... (she's not kidding, folks!)

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Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma Haha, I love you Emma! I have to get through all my dead languages first!

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny I lovelovelove this poem for its little bit of music relevance. The breath is the foundation for singing, and there is certainly a right and wrong way to do it. The breath can also have psychological relevance for performers. A tense closed breath is wrong, an "infinitely open" "love-breath" is what performers need to vulnerable and honest artists.

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Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma That is a beautiful connection that I never thought of!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Love Vaporization

"This is how I would die

into the love I have for you:

 

As pieves of cloud

dissolve in sunlight."

 

~Rumi

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman This is incredibly beautiful

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Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia What inspires the romaticism in Rumi's poetry ?

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

Mirror, Mirror....

If you are irritated

by every rub,

 

How will your mirror

be polished?

~Rumi

Rajat

Rajat





a-krodhena jayet krodham_asAdhum sAdhunA jayet |

jayet kadaryam dAnena, jayet satyena chAnRitam || [ITRANS]

[mahAbhArata udyoga parva 39:72] Conquer anger by calmness; evil by good; miserliness by charity and lies by truth.

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma This has such a deep meaning. Can we count the number of times that we tell children what to do as attempts at polishing their mirror?!

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Elizabeth Kimball

Elizabeth Kimball Ah, it is so hard to convey this to my children. I try to make all criticism constructive and gentle, and I'm hoping one day they will understand this as deeply as I do!

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Jade Mills

Jade Mills posted a photo in blog 'Weekly Rumi'

I'll meet you there

"Out beyond ideas

of wrong-doing and

right-doing,

 

There is a field.

I will meet you there."

~Rumi

Rajat

Rajat This one goes on ... "When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense"

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