On A Day When The Wind Is Perfect

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On A Day When The Wind Is Perfect
by Rumi
as translated by Daniel Ladinsky

  • On a day
    when the wind is perfect,
    the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
    Today is such a
    day.

    My eyes are like the sun that makes promises:
    the promise of life
    that it always
    keeps
    each morning.

    The living heart gives to us as does that luminous sphere,
    both caress the earth with great
    tenderness.

    There is a breeze that can enter the soul.
    This love I know plays a drum. Arms move around me;
    who can contain their self before my beauty?

    Peace is wonderful,
    but ecstatic dance is more fun, and less narcissistic;
    gregarious He makes our lips.

    On a day when the wind is perfect,
    the sail just needs to open
    and the love starts.

    Today is such
    a day.

    From Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and the West
    © 2002 Daniel Ladinsky

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    One Reply to “On A Day When The Wind Is Perfect”

    1. “There is a breeze that can enter the soul.
      This love I know plays a drum. Arms move around me;”

      I love this line. I imagine being in a stillness where the only sound comes from your combined heartbeat.

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