Tales from Rumi

The Seed Market

Can you find another market like this?

Where, with your one rose

you can buy hundreds of rose gardens?

Gardening for Love Where,

for one seed

get a whole wilderness?

For one weak breath,

a divine wind?

You've been fearful

of being absorbed in the ground,

or drawn up by the air.

Now, your waterbead lets go

and drops into the ocean,

where it came from.

It no longer has the form it had,

but it's still water.

The essence is the same.

This giving up is not a repenting.

It's a deep honoring of yourself.

When the ocean comes to you

as a lover,

marry at once,


for God's sake!

Don't postpone it!

Existence has no better gift.

No amount of searching will find this.

A perfect falcon,

for no reason

has landed on your shoulder,

and become yours.

From The Essential Rumi, page 153.
Translated by Coleman Barks.