The Poem of the Atoms is written by the 13th century Persian theologian and Sufi scholar Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, better known simply as Rumi or Mawlana (‘our master’). The poem describes an elemental universe in which atoms dance, driven by love. The poem reminds of the pre-Socratic thinkers from the Milesian school. The poem was used by the Israeli-French composer Armand Amar for the movie Bab’Aziz – The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005).
O’ day, arise!
shine your light , the atoms are dancing
Thanks to him the universe is dancing,
overcome with ecstasy , free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing ,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered
We are all beings in the ray of LIGHT from The Beloved,
Nothing can be said.