Then I Walked Outside

Don't Go Back to Sleep
by Rumi

For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.
From within, I couldn't decide what to do.
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the door sill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.


I’m sorry to say that my first impulse was to geek out over the round door (Oh! Like a Hobbit’s!).

I am not a sophisticated man.

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