Poetry: From Rumi’s Unfold Your Own Myth

Nancy Flynn Poetry, Stream of Consciousness Archive

These stanzas spoke to me this morning. Thanks to Coleman Barks for his wonderful translation as always:

“But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.

Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you’ve grown,

The public domain photograph above is of Arabic inscriptions at the Mevlâna Museum in Konya Turkey.

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