‘One Song’ – a Poem by Jalaluddin Rumi

'One Song' (c) Ayesha Gamiet 2017. Inspired by a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi. Gold leaf, pigments, and gouache on paper.

“What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured

into a huge basin. All religions, all this singing,
one song.

The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight
looks slightly different

on this wall than it does on that wall and a lot different
on this other one, but

it is still one light. We have borrowed these clothes, these
time-and-space personalities,

from a light, and when we praise, we pour them back in”

From ‘One Song’ by Jalaluddin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

My latest artwork is inspired by these beautiful lines from Rumi. Scroll down to see a couple of details from the main painting. This was originally meant as a commission for a client, but unfortunately, their budget did not stretch to new artwork. Inspired by Rumi’s poetry, I decided to paint the piece, anyway. I’ve been longing to illustrate Rumi’s verses for some time now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

‘One Song’ detail (c) Ayesha Gamiet 2017. Inspired by a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi. Gold leaf, pigments, and gouache on paper.
‘One Song’ detail (c) Ayesha Gamiet 2017. Inspired by a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi. Gold leaf, pigments, and gouache on paper.

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