This is one of my favorite poems of Rumi. It captures the very moment that Shams Tabrizi was letting Rumi know he was leaving permanently. In shock and disbelief, Rumi spontaneously utters the following verses in hope of persuading Shams to change his mind. You can feel through these painful and mystical verses how Rumi was unsuccessfully reasoning, cajoling, pleading, convincing, and even begging Shams not to leave. Shortly after, Shams was gone. He eventually returned a year and half later, only to be murdered, or by some accounts, to permanently disappear from Rumi's life.