Sultanahmet Camii


 

 

 

Sultanahmet Camii, Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet square, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Sultanahmet Camii, Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet square, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

I’m neither beautiful nor ugly

I’m neither beautiful nor ugly
neither this nor that

I’m neither the peddler in the market
nor the nightingale
in the rose garden

Teacher give me a name so that I’ll know
what to call myself

I’m neither slave nor free neither candle
nor iron

I’ve not fallen in love with anyone
nor is anyone in love with me

Whether I’m sinful or good
sin and goodness come from another
not from me

Wherever He drags me I go
with no say in the matter

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

from East Window: Poems from Asia, Translated by W. S. Merwin

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