Shams شمس

“Joy is like pure clear water; wherever it flows, wondrous blossoms grow.”
— Shams Tabrizi

Metal leaf, acrylic on Cotman paper 300 gsm. 50x50 cm.

Date20 September 2011

Shams Tabrizi was a Sufi mystic from Iran, teacher and friend of Jalaluddin Rumi, and the latter was transformed by their meeting. It was his grief over losing Shams that moved Rumi to write an outpour of what would become the world’s most loved poetry.
Shams (شمس) means “sun” in Arabic (his full name was Shamsuddîn, “Sun of the Faith”), and this guided the composition, where eight repetitions of the word share a single م .

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