Rumi for love

17 Jan

I’ve had some crazy restless nights recently.

Sleep problems have never been my thing. I tend to be a content, at-ease person. As such, I can drift off much easier than some. Granted, I’m nothing like my dad, who’s out before his blasted head hits the damn pillow (JEALOUSLY!) For the past week or two, though, I’ve had issues: I fall asleep fine, but I find myself waking up an hour or two before my alarm, just lying there, thinking my thoughts.

In this particular instance, I’m thinking happy thoughts — I don’t lie awake worrying about losing my job or anything, so at least I have that going for me. Regardless, insomnia blows.

I found me a beautiful, oddly inexpensive Rumi book at Barnes and Nobel yesterday. Rumi is one of my favorite poets, an Afghani Sufi mystic who talks about God as if God is Rumi’s lover, best friend, confidant. Without that knowledge, Rumi’s poems come across as passionate and lovely love poems. With that knowledge, they’re still passionate and lovely, but with something deeper, because you know this love isn’t for anything of this world.

I was just flipping through my new poetry book — “Rumi: Hidden Music,” if you care — and felt the need to share this particular poem. It spoke to the baby insomniac in me, and it told that baby, “It’s not so bad, darling”:

If you want everlasting glory
don’t go back to sleep.
If you want to burn with love
don’t go back to sleep.
You have wasted so many nights!
Tonight, for the love of God,
meet the dawn
don’t go back to sleep!

Yes, dear.


2 Responses to “Rumi for love”

  1. matty b. January 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    have ALWAYS loved reading Rumi. his poetry bears repeating, and i find myself reading the same poem over a few times just to absorb it correctly.

    that said, rumi can put the mellow on ya.

    • Snap, Crackle, Pop January 18, 2010 at 12:06 am #

      Oh hell yeah, it requires a few readings. Even his short ones, which I find myself drawn to, need to be read four or five times just to “get” it. Mmmm, love him.

      Ever read Hafiz? Very similar style and concept, but I might like him even more.

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