poet Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

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Only Breath

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 in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or 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.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Comments about Only Breath by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

  • Khaya (7/9/2020 10:20:00 PM)

    This poem depicts deep connection with heart.

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  • jannanis (4/13/2018 12:01:00 PM)

    Poor rendition of a deep and beautiful poem.

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  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (12/26/2012 10:41:00 AM)

    Most of my life...if not all of my life, I've pondered the question: who am i? While searching through Rumi's poems, i ran across Only Breaththat satisfactorly answers the quesion

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