When I Die — Rumi

If you don’t love poetry, now you gonna be in love with it.

Asim Jaseem
2 min readJan 18, 2022


I don’t think so there will be someone who loves poetry but isn’t familiar with the name Rumi.

Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, has been called the greatest mystical poet of all time.

Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. Scholars believe that Rumi’s PHILOSOPHY towards life provides true testimony and proof that people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony.

Rumi’s works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek in his verse. His Masnavi (Mathnawi), composed in Konya, is considered one of the greatest poems of the Persian language.

His message is to love the Creator, one needs first to learn how to love His creation, i.e human beings. Without loving mankind, one cannot achieve divine inspiration.

I am in love with the flow of his verses and how beautifully he closed the river in a jar.

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.