Rumi: I am the evolutionary intelligence

Say I Am You

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.

To the bits of dust I say, Stay.
To the sun, Keep moving.

I am morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.

I am wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.

I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, thought, and voice.

The musical air coming through a flute,
a spark of stone, a flickering in metal.

Both candle and the moth crazy around it.
Rose, and the nightingale lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being,
the circling galaxy,

the evolutionary intelligence,
the lift, and the falling away.

What is, and what isn’t. You
who know, Jelaluddin, You

the One in all, say who
I am. Say I am You.
Jelaluddin Rumi (trans. Barks)

I love Barks’s translations of Rumi. This one really has me thinking: what did Rumi really say in the mind-blowing line, I am the evolutionary intelligence?

The youtube video is a great way to digest this poem at a slow speed, and a reminder to me to slow down

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~ by scalambra on September 27, 2011.

One Response to “Rumi: I am the evolutionary intelligence”

  1. Great poem to absorb and adhere to but the youtube video is quite a cheesy muzak rendering.

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