Rumi – Unfold Your Own Myth
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Better known as just “Rumi”, this 13th Centuy Philosopher and Poet is still extremely popular today. His wisdom is timeless, which is why so many young people still read and relate to his writings.
This little snippet from his poem, “Unfold Your Own Myth” is my favorite…
“But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth, so everyone will understand the passage. We have opened you.”
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi, The Essential Rumi
Here is the full poem!
Unfold Your Own Myth
By Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet? Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?
Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Solomon cuts open a fish, and there’s a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, so everyone will understand
the passage, We have opened you.
Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment of feeling
the wings you’ve grown, lifting.
As far as the quote image above, I love the glitchy look, like an old VHS tape that’s been damaged and decayed over the years. Go unfold your own myth, you mystical unicorn.
Hey! If you like this design, you can buy it on a shirt!
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