(c) Ali Arsanjani
[Rumi’s Ghazal 1674]
We are from above and upward we go ! Again We rise!
From the ocean and in waves we go! Again We rise!
We are the ark, the vessel of Noah in the storm of the soul
without these earthly hands or feet, again we rise!
out of our Self Like a wave we emerge, we rise
we see ourselves from deep within and again we rise!
The way of Truth is narrow like a needle’s thread
We weave through lies with a single thread and again we rise!
Remember your home, fellow travelers while on the way
With that we know, why we continue to go, and again we rise!
If you have ever sung “we return to Him”
you will know how far we can go for again we rise!
Our constellation revolves not around the moon
but around Venus we fly and again we rise!
Nothing deters our determined minds
from the great to the greatest, again We rise!
Let’s rid our silos of these blind mice
their blindness won’t see, how clearly, we rise!
A moment of silence before we depart,
this chivalry, you don’t need to follow, for again we rise!
on our way to a mythical place where the Phoenix hides
Don’t block the way to the magical bird in this mountain pass
Who are you to block our way to where the Simorgh lies
We are from above and upward we go ! and Again We rise!