Rumi : Look Carefully

Poetry
24 August 2016
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Look Carefully
-Rumi

Look carefully around you and recognize
the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those
who draw you to that.

When misfortune comes, you must quickly praise.

Others may be saying, "Oh no", but you
will be opening out like a rose
losing itself petal by petal.

Someone once asked a great sheikh
what Sufism was.
"The feeling of joy
when sudden disappointment comes."

Don't grieve for what doesn't come.
Some things that don't happen 
keep disasters from happening.

(translated by Coleman Barks)