Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(1207 - 1273 / Persia)

I Am and I Am Not


I'm drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come

I'm tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist
Not having played
the game of chess
I'm already the checkmate
Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I'm already drunk
Not having entered
the battlefield
I'm already wounded and slain
I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality
Like the shadow
I am
And
I am not

Translated by: Fereydoun Kia

Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Edited: Saturday, October 26, 2013

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