Only Breath by Rumi

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion or cultural system.

I am not from the East or the West,
not out of the ocean
or up from the ground,
not natural or ethereal,
not composed of elements at all.

I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world
or the next,
did not descend from Adam or Eve
or any origin story.

My place is placeless,
a trace of the traceless.
Neither body nor soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one
and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing human being.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
1207–1273

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About russellboyle.com

Russell Boyle, of russellboyle.com, is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. Russell is the author of a number of teaching resources, including the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Russell's poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness.
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6 Responses to Only Breath by Rumi

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Goose bumps…superb!

  2. JC says:

    Superb. Thank you for that!

  3. renxkyoko says:

    My LIKE button doesn’t work at the moment… anyway, LIKED.

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