CITY OF PERSIAN POET
“I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels bless’d; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones,
To Him we shall return.”
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi was born to native Persian speaking parents, likely in the village of Wakhsh (in what is now Tajikistan). He spent the last fifty years of his life in Konya.