This week, we have another poem to share from our Poetry of the Sufi Mystics webinar. It was written during the class by one of our program participants, while reflecting on the above poem.
Who are you and what do you want?
An adaptation of Mawlana Jellaludin Rumi’s Poem,
Who are you and what do you want?
Where are you? I asked.
Just above you, she responded.
Floating, just above you.
Sometimes, I just don’t know which direction to take.
I don’t know which way to turn.
Go nowhere, she responded.
But, if I am to go somewhere,
To become something,
How can I stay in the same place? I wonder.
Because, answers will always come to you, she answered.
So, you’re saying I needn’t go anywhere?
Yes, stay where you are,
Be who you are,
Be one with Him, she said.
Ah, that makes me feel at ease,
Letting the oneness slip inside of me
Like warm milk going down my throat.
And what of the purpose of this life, I reflect.
There is no purpose, she says.
That’s the whole purpose.
For in everything there is nothing.
So, I should stay still and do nothing?
This is confusing.
Correct, she responded.
It feels like taking a plane
And landing in the same spot.
Yes, she said.
That’s exactly what it is.
We chase so many things in this life.
What have you been chasing, dear?
Me? I have been chasing my dreams, I said.
Those dreams were supposed to fulfil me,
But I feel empty.
The tap has stopped dripping,
Well, worry no longer my dear, she said.
For today you know
You are enough.
You don’t have to go anywhere, or do anything.
I prostrated before her
Whilst reaching up to the higher heights.
I am whole.
~ Zainub Jenna Bata
Zainub Jenna Bata writes spiritual poetry, performs spoken word and stand-up and travels like a nomad. Her expressions through poetry are for healing herself and others.
She is an entrepreneur and mediator, and has worked independently with women led businesses in various industries over the last 5 years ago, helping them to plan their businesses and develop their ideas. She has also mediated various cases and delivered training in the area of communication, public speaking, assertiveness and conflict resolution around the world.
Her overarching goal is to help women to create deep inner shifts and access their creative side. The result would be that they develop their confidence and assertiveness and the ability to deal with anything through developing a new consciousness.
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