Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(1207 - 1273 / Persia)

Because I Cannot Sleep - Poem by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Because I cannot sleep
I make music at night.
I am troubled by the one
whose face has the color of spring flowers.
I have neither sleep nor patience,
neither a good reputation nor disgrace.
A thousand robes of wisdom are gone.
All my good manners have moved a thousand miles away.
The heart and the mind are left angry with each other.
The stars and the moon are envious of each other.
Because of this alienation the physical universe
is getting tighter and tighter.
The moon says, 'How long will I remain
suspended without a sun?'
Without Love's jewel inside of me,
let the bazaar of my existence be destroyed stone by stone.
O Love, You who have been called by a thousand names,
You who know how to pour the wine
into the chalice of the body,
You who give culture to a thousand cultures,
You who are faceless but have a thousand faces,
O Love, You who shape the faces
of Turks, Europeans, and Zanzibaris,
give me a glass from Your bottle,
or a handful of being from Your Branch.
Remove the cork once more.
Then we'll see a thousand chiefs prostrate themselves,
and a circle of ecstatic troubadours will play.
Then the addict will be freed of craving.
and will be resurrected,
and stand in awe till Judgement Day.


Comments about Because I Cannot Sleep by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

  • Britte Ninad (6/23/2019 1:32:00 AM)

    O Love, You who have been called by a thousand names,
    You who know how to pour the wine
    into the chalice of the body,
    You who give culture to a thousand cultures,
    You who are faceless but have a thousand faces, ...//// love for you o great
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  • Rajnish Manga (2/2/2019 4:58:00 AM)

    Matchless Sufi Poet Rumi transports us into the realm of mysticism- far from the mundane.
    Thanks.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/28/2018 3:22:00 AM)

    Love comes to us and says

    O you all lo
    look at me
    here I've come to reunite you all
    but now you ignore to be reunited
    now you choose your own way
    now you like to live separately
    now you handle your own caste
    O you all lo
    I am stung,
    I am bleeding
    Thousands drop of blood make me dry and blue

    Yet I say you
    I've come to reunite you all
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  • Robert Murray Smith (4/21/2018 9:50:00 PM)

    An excellent write with great imagery. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (4/21/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    I have read this before but each time I read it, I find another beautiful line, another probing thought... (Report)Reply

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  • (4/21/2018 11:12:00 AM)

    wow this poem made my day a blessing! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (4/21/2018 9:11:00 AM)

    I had already signed out for the day when I decided to read this poem by Rumi, a favorite poet of mine. Wow, people, this is a great poem. I would have liked to know who the translator was. I could rhapsodize a while on it, but I’ll confine myself to saying I relate to the longing, affrim his excellent description of the Divine, and especially like the image of the bazaar of existence. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/21/2018 8:01:00 AM)

    You who are faceless but have a thousand faces,
    O Love, You who shape the faces
    of Turks, Europeans, and Zanzibaris, ... universalshm in Rumi.. tony
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  • (4/21/2018 5:20:00 AM)

    Maolana Jalauddin Rumi is the poet of all poets. We are not even worthy of being his disciple. What a poem- O Love, you who are faceless but have a thousand faces.- What an easy difficult-expression about the almighty! Speechless! (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/21/2018 1:29:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • (4/20/2017 5:13:00 AM)

    Heart and mind are angry with each other., is a brilliant observation. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/22/2016 8:06:00 PM)

    There is such a disconnect in subject matter from the beginning to the end that I can hardly distinguish what the author wants us to think. They beginning is the best in my opinion; it seems to hint of depression and a passive despair of the purpose of life. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/22/2016 3:12:00 PM)

    So many passionate images flow and swirl about in this poem that is created to be read many many times through and still be rewarding (Report)Reply

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  • (2/22/2016 11:36:00 AM)

    .......beautiful thoughts of love ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Katie Hughes (2/22/2016 9:52:00 AM)

    Love this poem! ! ! ! It is so inspiring, that I could write hundereds of poems based on this poem (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (2/22/2016 7:57:00 AM)

    Beautiful. This longing for the one who is faceless but creates thousand faces come out so passionately from a poet's pen. Thank you for sharing. Rumi was great. (Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (2/22/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    ...You who give culture to a thousand cultures,
    You who are faceless but have a thousand faces,
    O Love, You who shape the faces
    of Turks, Europeans, and Zanzibaris,
    give me a glass from Your bottle,
    or a handful of being from Your Branch..................

    It is wisdom, human child been crying to attain for till this day! ...........................+10+10+10...........
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  • Ernest Makuakua (2/22/2016 5:13:00 AM)

    what a beautiful and inspiring poem thanks for sharing i enjoyed reading this one (Report)Reply

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  • (2/22/2016 4:18:00 AM)

    A beautifully penned meaningful and inspirational poem which is thought provoking too. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/22/2016 1:59:00 AM)

    A thousand robes of wisdom are gone. Great work! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010



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