The Rose

I dreamt I came to a magnificent city
whose palace was the rose, rose.
The crown and throne of the great sultan,
his garden and chambers
were the rose, rose.

Here they buy and sell but roses
and the roses are the scales they use,
Weighing roses with more roses,
the marketplace and bazaar
are all roses, rose.

The white rose and the red rose
grew coupled in one garden.
Their faces turn as one toward the thorn.
Both thorn and blossom
are the rose, rose.
Soil is the rose and stone is the rose,
withered is the rose, fresh is the rose.
Within the Lord's private gardens
both slender cypress and old maple
are the rose, rose.

The rose is turning the waterwheel
and gets ground between the stones.
The wheel turns round as the water flows.
Its power and its stillness
are the rose, rose.

From the rose a tent appears
filled with an offering of everything.
Its gatekeepers are the holy prophets.
The bread and the wine they pour
are the rose, rose.
Oh Ummi Sinan, heed the mystery
of the sorrow of nightingale and rose.
Every cry of the forlorn nightingale
is for the rose, the rose. ( Ummi Sinan(16th Century)English version by Jennifer Ferraro and Latif Bolat)

"Ummi Sinan gives us a vision where all the world is filled with roses. A world made of roses...
In Sufi mystical language The Rose is often used as an image of God, and the heart — God is the true Heart of Being.
The rose unfolds in a gentle circling that invites one to yield inward. The rose resonates strongly with the gently awakened heart..."
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  1. your blog is very inspiring..i linked u in mine.hope it's ok.

  2. Welcome Marlyms.
    Thanks for your words of appreciation and blogrolling me.
    God bless.

  3. inspiring poem.. n its great abt rose!
    Best wishes surjit

  4. Thanks Anits, for your words of appreciation.
    God bless.

  5. It sure is inspiring surjit my friend. If I see God in everything, He will calm and color everything I see. Seing God in everything is the only thing that will make me loving and patient It helps me see that others as instrument used to accomplish His tender and wise purpose for me. It helps me inwardly thank Him for all His blessings. It is said, " If there is no vision, the people perish."

    Saying Hello and lots of prayer to my old good friend.

  6. Truthful words:
    " If there is no vision, the people perish."
    Welcome and thanks my friend Norie, for sharing your insights.I always value your wisdom.
    God bless.

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  8. Hi Surjit!

    Another inspiring post!

    'Be respectful to the forces of nature,hidden and revealed, and she'll respect you likewise.'

    Peace and blessings be upon you brother.


  9. Thanks my brother Cyrus Rumi, for sharing your insights.You are a noble soul.
    God bless.