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Rubais from Nazim Hikmet
1.       thehandsom
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 26 Aug 2008 Tue 03:47 am

Rubai is a kind of poetry in Ottoman written culture with certain rules.

Normally, rubais are written as 4 lines. 1st, 2nd and the 4th lines are with ryhmes and the 3rd one is in free form.
The best well known poet who wrote rubais is Omar Hayyam of course and Mevlana.
Some rubais from Nazim Hikmet:


Sarilip yatmak mümkün degil bende senden kalan hayâle.
Halbuki sen orda, sehrimde gerçekten varsin etinle kemiginle
ve balindan mahrum edildigim kirmizi agzin, kocaman gözlerin gerçekten var
ve âsi bir su gibi teslim olusun ve beyazligin ki dokunamiyorum bile...
There is no way to cuddle with the reflection remaining from you
Whereas you there, you exist in my city, in flesh
And your huge eyes, your crimson mouth which I have been deprived of its honey, exists
So as your submission like a wild river and your whiteness that I can not touch


Öptü beni : «Bunlar, kâinat gibi gerçek dudaklardir,» dedi.
«Bu itir senin icâdin degil, saçlarimdan uçan bahardir,» dedi.
«Ister gökyüzünde seyret, ister gözlerimde :
«körler onlari görmese de, yildizlar vardir,» dedi...

She has kissed me "these lips are as real as universe" she said
"This scent is not your imagination, it is the spring from my hair" she said
"Either watch them in my eyes or in the sky"
"Even blinds not to see them, stars are there" she said

2.       doudi94
845 posts
 27 Aug 2008 Wed 07:09 pm

I found another guy who wrote rubai´s his name was Rumi:


He was born in Balkh, in Persian Khorasan, eastern part of (Greater) Persia. Rumi´s life is described in Shams ud-Din Ahmad Aflāki´s "Manāqib ul-Ārifīn" (written between 1318 and 1353). His father was Bahā ud-Dīn Wālad, a theologian, jurist and a mystic from Balkh, who was also known during his lifetime as "Sultan of the Scholars". His mother was Mu´mina Ḫātūn.

When the Mongols invaded Central Asia sometime between 1215 and 1220, his father with his whole family and a group of disciples set out westwards. On the road to Anatolia, Rumi encountered one of the most famous mystic Persian poets, Attar, in Iran´s city of Nishapur, located in the province of Khorāsān. ´Attar immediately recognized Rumi´s spiritual eminence. He saw the father walking ahead of the son and said, "Here comes a sea followed by an ocean." He gave the boy his Asrārnāma, a book about the entanglement of the soul in the material world. This meeting had a deep impact on the eighteen-year-old Rumi´s thoughts and later on became the inspiration for his works.

From Nishapur, Walad and his entourage set out for Baghdad, meeting many of the scholars and Sufis of the city.[17] From there they went to Baghdad, and Hejaz and performed the pilgrimage at Mecca. The migrating caravan then passed through Damascus, Malatya, Erzincan, Sivas, Kayseri and Nigde. They finally settled in Karaman during seven years. His mother and his brother died in Karaman. In 1225 Rumi married Gawhar Khatun in Karaman. They had two sons: Sultan Walad and Alaeddin Çelebi. When his wife died, Rumi married again and had a son Emir Alim Çelebi and a daughter Melike Khatun.

On 1 May 1228, most likely as a result of the insistent invitation of ´Alā´ ud-Dīn Key-Qobād, ruler of Anatolia, Baha´ ud-Din came and finally settled in Konya in Anatolia within the westernmost territories of Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm.

Baha´ ud-Din became the head of a madrassa (religious school) and when he died Rumi inherited his position and succeeded him at the age of twenty-five. One of Baha´ ud-Din´s students, Sayyed Burhan ud-Din-e Muhaqqiq, continued to train Rumi in the religious and mystical doctrines of Rumi´s father. For nine years, Rumi practiced Sufism as a disciple of Burhan ud-Din until the latter died in 1240-1. From then on started Rumi´s public life. He became the teacher who preached in the mosques of Konya and taught his adherents in the madrassah.

During this period Rumi also travelled to Damascus and is said to have spent four years there.

It was his meeting with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi on 15 November 1244 that changed his life completely. Shams had traveled throughout the Middle East searching and praying for someone who could "endure my company". A voice came, "What will you give in return?" "My head!" "The one you seek is Jalal ud-Din of Konya." On the night of December 5, 1248, as Rumi and Shams were talking, Shams was called to the back door. He went out, never to be seen again. It is believed that he was murdered with the connivance of Rumi´s son, ´Ala´ ud-Din; if so, Shams indeed gave his head for the privilege of mystical friendship.

Rumi´s love and his bereavement for the death of Shams found their expression in an outpouring of music, dance and lyric poems, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi. He himself went out searching for Shams and journeyed again to Damascus.





he was burried in konya, turkey



heres  something he wrote:

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.



and another thing:


What can I do, Submitters to God? I do not know myself.

I am neither Christian nor Jew, neither Zoroastrian nor Muslim,

I am not from east or west, not from land or sea,

not from the shafts of nature nor from the spheres of the firmament,

not of the earth, not of water, not of air, not of fire.

I am not from the highest heaven, not from this world,

not from existence, not from being

I am not from India, not from China, not from Bulgar, not from Saqsin,

not from the realm of the two Iraqs, not from the land of Khurasan

I am not from the world, not from beyond,

not from heaven and not from hell.

I am not from Adam, not from Eve, not from paradise and not from Ridwan.

My place is placeless, my trace is traceless,

no body, no soul, I am from the soul of souls.

I have chased out duality, lived the two worlds as one.

One I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call.

He is the first, he is the last, he is the outer, he is the inner.

Beyond "He" and "He is" I know no other.

I am drunk from the cup of love, the two worlds have escaped me.

I have no concern but carouse and rapture.

If one day in my life I spend a moment without you

from that hour and that time I would repent my life.

If one day I am given a moment in solitude with you

I will trample the two worlds underfoot and dance forever.

O Sun of Tabriz (Shams Tabrizi), I am so tipsy here in this world,

I have no tale to tell but tipsiness and rapture






this guys bography is soooo wierd he had a wierd life too, freaky, i only posted the begging of it lol

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