Sufi Poetry

That Lives in Us

If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.

If you put your hands on this oar with me, they will no longer
lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land –
that sacred earth that is
your body.

If you put your hands on this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.

Exuberant is existence, time is a husk.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with blessings, like my words give.

Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear – to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.

If you put your heart against the earth with me, in serving,
every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm
and we will be, we will be,
so happy.


From ‘Love Poems from God’ by Daniel Ladinsky.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi was a Sufi Shaykh that lived in Turkey 800 years ago, being one of the greatest saints that the world has ever seen. He has been the most popular poet in the USA for the last ten years, with people still finding inspiration in his wisdom and beautiful language. He was the founder of the Mevlevi Sufi Order, who are famous for their Sufi Whirling Ceremony.