I am happy
when I am sad
I am together
when fallen apart
like earth
when I am silent
I have thunder
hidden inside

— Translation by Nader Khalili
“Rumi, Dancing the Flame”
Cal-Earth Press, 2001


When compassion fills my heart,
free from all desire,
I sit quietly like the earth.
My silent cry echoes like thunder
throughout the universe.

— Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
“Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved”
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999