Moving Water poem by Rumi

Moving Water poem

Moving Water poem by Rumi is very inspirational and motivational. Moving Water poem shared below was translated by Coleman Barks.

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river
moving in you, a joy.

When actions come from another section, the feeling
disappears. Don’t let

others lead you. They may be blind or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope

of God. And what is that? Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness

people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness. You’ve seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment. Now

see the invisible. If you could leave your selfishness, you
would see how you’ve

been torturing your soul. We are born and live inside black water in a well.

How could we know what an open field of sunlight is? Don’t
insist on going where

you think you want to go. Ask the way to the spring. Your
living pieces will form

a harmony. There is a moving palace that floats in the air
with balconies and clear

water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet contained
under a single tent.

Translated by Coleman Barks


  1. Loved it! Also needed it at this time.


  2. Thank you for visiting me so I could find you! This poem has such wise advise on so many levels. Sometimes we think turning our will over to God is restrictive, but it is in fact, true freedom. What God wants for us is better than we could ever imagine! Gail


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