quietness by rumi


Inside the new love, die.

Your way begins on the other side.

Become the sky.

Take an ax to the prison wall.


Walk out like somebody suddenly born

into color.

Do it now.

You’re covered with thick cloud.

Slide out the side. Die,

and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign

that you’ve died.

Your old life was a frantic running

from Silence.


The speechless full moon

comes out now.

~ Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)