SUFI POEMS: “A single word can brighten the face” by Yunus Emre


“A single word can brighten the face”

A single word can brighten the face
of one who knows the value of words.
Ripened in silence, a single word
acquires a great energy for work.

War is cut short by a word,
and a word heals the wounds,
and there’s a word that changes
poison into butter and honey.

Let a word mature inside yourself.
Withhold the unripened thought.
Come and understand the kind of word
that reduces money and riches to dust.

Know when to speak a word
and when not to speak at all.
A single word turns the universe of hell
into eight paradises.

Follow the Way. Don’t be fooled
by what you already know. Be watchful.
Reflect before you speak.
A foolish mouth can brand your soul.

Yunus, say one last thing
about the power of words —
Only the word “I”
divides me from God.

by Yunus Emre

English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan
Original Language Turkish


Related imageYunus Emre
Turkey (1238 – 1320)

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes I absolutely agree with these profound words of wisdom, Amira and a single word can do anything. Fantastic words of Yonus only the small i separates us from knowing ourselves as that Oneness.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal for your insightful comment. I watched the life of Yunus Emre in Netflix, from a Turkish television series. Very interesting!

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      1. Yes these people are such great motivators and they only talk about nothing but God. Welcome Amira.

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