When You Say ‘I’

By Yunus Emre

When you say ‘I’ remember this state has no reality:
did you ever guard with double vision at a gate see?
If you listen to this Word I say, if you care for Self…
never say that you and It are separate, as it is crazy!
It only goes on, Beloved in all the world’s nations…
to separate Love from the Beloved is not in Destiny.
Give up infidelity but don’t hurt faith you now take:
enemy to us is hostility, not a stranger, not friendly.
Word’s message brought to you is cut short, shorter:
choose for you sainthood, more than mere maturity?
Master, what Solomon knew, language of the birds:
master, listen, what I tell you isn’t breath… empty!
Yunus and Taptuk talk joy, not looking left or right:
know that good and not evil are us lovers of Reality.

Translated by Paul Smith.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.