ocean, reef


Last night I was out of myself.

If I were that way again,

I could finish this poem, but I am not.

My poet-self is a protective pawn put before the king

who is Shams,

who changes every being to an ocean

and every body to a coral reef.


– Rumi


* Shams al-Din Mohammad (1185-1248) was a Persian Muslim,who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi. “Shams” means “Sun” in Persian.