Not There | Colemank Barks translation of Rumi

There’s courage involved if you want
to become truth. There is a broken -

open place in a lover. Where are
those qualities of bravery and sharp

compassion in this group? What’s the
use of old and frozen thought? I want

a howling hurt. This is not a treasury
where gold is stored; this is for copper.

We alchemists look for talent that
can heat up and change. Lukewarm

won’t do. Half-hearted holding back,
well-enough getting by? Not here.


Translations by Coleman Barks | The Soul of Rumi
Chapter 22. Pilgrim notes: Chance Meetings, Dignity and Purpose
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:: posted with permission from Coleman Barks as entry to Sufi Poetry Carnival

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