Like This

translation from Rumi's Divan by Fatemeh Keshavarz

Read the poem:

If anyone asks you about the huris, show your face, say:
like this!

If anyone asks you about the moon, climb up on the roof, say:
like this!

If anyone seeks a fairy, let them see your countenance,
If anyone talks about the aroma of musk, untie your hair [and] say:
like this!

If anyone asks: "How do the clouds uncover the moon?" untie the front of
Your robe, knot by knot, say:
like this!

If anyone asks: "How did Jesus raise the dead?" kiss me on the lips, say:
like this!

If anyone asks: What are those killed by love like?" direct him to me, say:
like this!

If anyone kindly asks you how tall I am, show him your arched eyebrows,
say: like this!


Listen to the poem read by:


Houman Pourmehdi
» in Persian


Soleyman Vaseghi
» in Persian


Fatemeh Keshavarz
» in English


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is professor of Persian & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of several books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi.