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Excerpt from "Like This: More Poetry of Rumi". Translation by Coleman Barks

ColemanBarks-LikeThis Jalaluddin Rumi is recognized as one of the greatest poets of all time. Through his rendering of Rumi’s poems and stories, Coleman Barks has established himself as one of the leading voices for Rumi’s work today.  Enjoy this excerpt of beautiful Rumi poetry from "Like This: More Poetry of Rumi", translated and read by Coleman Barks.

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body. 

Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell, and the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling. 

At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. 

Breathe into me. 

Close the language door and open the love window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window. 

Watch the dust grains moving in the light near the window. Their dance is our dance. 

We rarely hear that inward music but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless. 

There is a passion in me that doesn’t long for anything from another human being. 

I was given something else, a cap to wear in both worlds. It fell off. 

No matter. 

One morning I went to a place beyond dawn, a source of sweetness that flows and is never less. 

I have been shown a beauty that would confuse both worlds, but I won’t cause that uproar. 

I am nothing but a head set on the ground as a gift for Shams.

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Pure Water - Poetry of Rumi wins Gold Nautilus Award for audio!

NAUTILUSGOLD This morning at Book Expo America in New York City it was officially announced that Pure Water-Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks and Grammy Award-Winning cellist  Eugene Friesen, won the Gold Award in the Audio Category of The Nautilus Book Awards.

Better Listen! is honored to be in the company of the other outstanding Silver and Gold winners in the competition. 

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Like This - More Poems of Rumi - Coleman Barks

Through his rendering of Rumi’s poems and stories, Coleman Barks has established himself as perhaps the leading voice for Rumi’s work today. His warm and sensitive reading combines with the world-renowned musicianship of Hamza El Din (oud and tar) and Steve Coughlin (ney an hansuri) to create an enthralling listening experience. 

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), is now recognized in the West as one of the greatest poets of all time . His works are charged with an unequalled blend of literary genius and spiritual wisdom 

No matter how often we listed to Rumi, each time is always the first time.

This program includes twenty two of Rumi’s most beautiful poems. Coleman Barks bio and links

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2009 Nautilus Silver Winner Pure Water - Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen

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Following are transcribed selections of Rumi poetry included on our audio program our Pure Water.

Inside water, a water wheel turns.

The star circulates with the moon. 

We live in the night ocean wondering, 

What are these lights?  



This moment, this love comes to rest in me, 

many beings in one being.

In one wheat grain a thousand sheath stacks. 

Inside the needles eye a turning night of stars.



I am so small I can barely be seen.  

How can this great love be inside me?  

Look at your eyes, they are small, 

but they see enormous things.



Keep walking though there is no place to get to.  

Don’t try to see through the distance, that’s not for human beings.  

Move within but don’t move the way fear makes you move.  Move within.  



Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, 

there is a field. I’ll meet you there. 

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.  

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