Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(1207 - 1273 / Persia)

Ghazal 119 - Poem by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

I don't need
a companion who is
nasty sad and sour

the one who is
like a grave
dark depressing and bitter

a sweetheart is a mirror
a friend a delicious cake
it isn't worth spending

an hour with anyone else

a companion who is
in love only with the self
has five distinct characters

stone hearted
unsure of every step
lazy and disinterested

keeping a poisonous face
the more this companion waits around
the more bitter everything will get

just like a vinegar
getting more sour with time

enough is said about
sour and bitter faces

a heart filled with desire for

sweetness and tender souls
must not waste itself with unsavory matters

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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