Rumi’s Moving Water poem

If we do things from our heart and soul, we are like water moving into other people's lives positively.
If we do things from our heart and soul, we are like water moving into other people’s lives positively.

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.

 (From The Glance by Coleman Barks)

This poem has become one of my guidelines and source of inspiration during everyday life as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) here in Kuwait. There are times that due to my busy schedule and different situations I encounter, I want to hold on to someone greater, someone stronger. In any time and place, whatever the circumstances are, holding God’s hands have helped me through the most trying and tiring times as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

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11 thoughts on “Rumi’s Moving Water poem

  1. Joseph says:

    Amen! 🙂 Indeed it is God who will always be with us to strengthen us in tough situations. God bless in your work in Kuwait! Kudos to our OFW kababayan! 🙂

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