Love’s Confusing Joy

1 Feb

Being a twenty-first-century European girl, I would never have expected to relate to a thirteenth-century Persian Muslim poet and Sufi mystic. But that is exactly what happened when I picked up Rumi‘s Book of Love.

I will be posting my favourite poems from this collection as I come across them. Here’s the first…


If you want what visible reality can give,

you’re an employee.

If you want the unseen world,
you’re not living your truth.

Both wishes are foolish,
but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting
that what you really want is
love’s confusing joy.

~ Rumi

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