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May 22, 2021

This Rumi Poem will Help you Make Peace with the Inevitable.

If you have been contemplating life and death more than usual like I have been, you would eventually come up with a conclusion to make peace with the inevitable—mine can be summarized in what Rumi said in this poem.

Being born and raised in the Middle East, in a country that was torn by war, I was exposed to death at a pretty young age. My mom had to clean blood off the stairway when she was seven months pregnant with me. It takes so much love, hope, compassion, faith, and even willpower to preserve the light within in an unjust, cruel, and dark world.

However, when it came to my death and the loss of loved ones, I struggled so hard to accept the inevitable. I completely lost faith when my grandma died, knowing what a kind, soft, and devoted believer she was.

Thankfully, somehow, I was put again on the path, and I believe with all my heart and soul that endings are just beginnings. A human heart, unlike its body, is so powerful to simply vanish.

Many people might disagree—to each their own after all—but here’s mine:

“When I die
when my coffin
is being taken out
you must never think
I am missing this world

don’t shed any tears
don’t lament or
feel sorry
I’m not falling
into a monster’s abyss

when you see
my corpse is being carried
don’t cry for my leaving
I’m not leaving
I’m arriving at eternal love

when you leave me
in the grave
don’t say goodbye
remember a grave is
only a curtain
for the paradise behind

you’ll only see me
descending into a grave
now watch me rise
how can there be an end
when the sun sets or
the moon goes down

it looks like the end
it seems like a sunset
but in reality it is a dawn
when the grave locks you up
that is when your soul is freed

have you ever seen
a seed fallen to earth
not rise with a new life
why should you doubt the rise
of a seed named human

have you ever seen
a bucket lowered into a well
coming back empty
why lament for a soul
when it can come back
like Joseph from the well

when for the last time
you close your mouth
your words and soul
will belong to the world of
no place no time.” ~ Rumi

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