The Truth fills the world

by Yunus Emre

English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan
Original Language Turkish

The Truth fills the world,
but to whom is Truth known?
You ask so much of It,
but It isn't separate from yourself.

You believe in the world,
you claim your daily bread as your own.
How long will you keep up your lie?
You know it's not like that.

It's a long way to the other world.
Be honest with yourself
through all the separation and painful yearning.
Those who attain do not return.

Those who come to the world will
one by one drink the juice of death.
This world is just a bridge
although the young wouldn't guess it.

Come, let's get to know each other
and make our work easier.
Let's love, let's be loved.
No one inherits this world.

Yunus, if you can understand,
if you can hear the meaning,
find a little happiness.
No one's here forever.

-- from The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre, Translated by Kabir Helminski / Translated by Refik Algan

<<Previous Poem | More Poems by Yunus Emre | Next Poem >>


View All Poems by Yunus Emre



Recommended Books: Yunus Emre

The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology) Poetry for the Spirit: Poems of Universal Wisdom and Beauty Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre Quarreling with God: Mystic Rebel Poems of the Dervishes of Turkey
More Books >>





The Truth fills the