Featured Poem: “Quietness” – Rumi

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’ve died.

Your old life was a frantic running

from silence.

The speechless full moon

comes out now.

5 thoughts on “Featured Poem: “Quietness” – Rumi

  1. Arariboia

    I have read this poem at a variety of sources. It’s usually followed by comments on its “awesomeness” and about how pregnant with meaning it is. What I have never been able to find is an interpretation of it. In your opinion, what does it mean? What does it mean to say, “inside this new love, die”?

    1. adamoftheuniverse

      It is a reference to the death of the ego (the false self) and the birth (or rebirth) of the true (ego-less) self, with love being the catalyzing, purifying force of change — a common theme in Eastern mystical literature.

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