Rumi’s Urs



Sunlight offers Ghazal (Ode) 636, in versions by Coleman Barks 
and Jonathan Star, and in translation by A.J. Arberry: 

Inside this new love, die. 
Your way begins on the other side. 
Become the sky. 
Take an axe to the prison wall. 
Walk out like someone 
suddenly born into color. 
Do it now. 
You’re covered with thick cloud. 
Slide out the side. Die, 
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign 
that you have died. 
Your old life was a frantic running 
from silence. 

The speechless full moon 
comes out now. 

— Version by Coleman Barks 
“These Branching Moments” 
Copper Beech Press, 1988