Like This




If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,

Like this.


When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the night sky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,

Like this.
If anyone wants to know what ‘spirit’ is,
or what ‘God’s fragrance’ means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.

Like this.
When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.

Like this.
If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.

Like this. Like this.
When someone asks what it means
to ‘die for love,’ point
If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.

This tall.
The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.

Like this.
When lovers moan,
they’re telling our story.

Like this.
I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.

Like this.



by Jalaluddin Rumi

88 thoughts on “Like This

  1. I am awestruck by the beauty of this poetry Subhan ! I’ve been reading you silently and thought of telling you that, today 🙂 You write excellent ! Stay blessed 🙂 xx

  2. Ah Subhan…..I was reading the poem, moved by its beauty, and thinking, Wow Subhan is a great poet, this is very much like Rumi… Much love.
    I see it is Rumi and Rumi is truly the greatest of poets.

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  4. …in a very hot afternoon,
    a door
    a window
    a world
    opened once again
    by His words
    my heart
    my soul
    my body
    I feel
    almost under the
    wings of

    it was magic
    once again!

    Thank you dear Suphan, Blessing and Happiness,
    love, nia

    • Hi Cha,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I have been preoccupied with family matters in Indonesia and a relationship break up, so things haven’t been going on really well in my life at the moment. But I am trying to find the balance at the moment, so hopefully things will return normal soon.

      Hope you’re doing great yourself and may your days are filled with happiness and love.. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

  5. I really ‘like this’… 😀
    It has been a while since we touched based, Subhan….I hope things are going smooth and peacefully in your life…..stop by for a visit when you have time, have missed you there….you are always welcome… wishes in all you do, and thanks for sharing another wonderful post….
    blessings for a great day

    • Hi Celeste,

      Thank you very much for your thoughtful message. I have been preoccupied with family matters back in Indonesia. Things have been really hard, but I am trying to keep the chin up. Hope I’d get better and am looking forward to reading your posts. 🙂

      Blessings to you. 🙂

      Subhan Zein

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