Birdsong : Rumi : fifty-three short poems,Paperback - 64 pages,Synopsis : Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) wrote short poems that resonate with the silence and love and great playfulness they spring from, much as birdsong deepens the quiet and, it may be, quickens the growing of a meadow. There is that spontaneous dance, and walnutty compression, in Rumi's short poems. The amazing variety, the playfulness of modes, does remind one of birdsong. All the great mystical tradition's love birds and their singing. Birds represent our longings for purity and freedom, and they carry messages of ineffable joy. They mediate between above and below. Some of them begin at dawn to celebrate the returning light. And some with their songs in the middle of the night deepen our silence. Birdsong brings relief my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, with nothing to say! universal soul, practice some song, or something, through me!