I drink streamwater and the air

by Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Persian/Farsi

I drink streamwater and the air
becomes clearer and everything I do.

I become a waterwheel,
turning and tasting you, as long
as water moves.

-- from Open Secret: Versions of Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks / Translated by John Moyne

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I drink streamwater