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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi became a thirteenth-century Persian poet whose poems have attained cult status internationally. His Masnavi is considered to be a magnum opus in the Persian language. Rumi’s poems are at the beginning written normally in Persian, but also on occasion in Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Rumi’s poems are also known for their romantic and religious snapshots and motifs, ironical comparisons, rhetorical questions, lighter, but idea-provoking, stories infused into verse, mystical perspectives on existence and after-existence and the subject matters of love, religion and time. The Chance of Humming is an inspiring, thrilling and interesting poem that talks about the journey of a person (which is an allegory for the adventure of existence itself) on two wooden logs flowing along a river. The logs may represent two truths- existence and loss of life, body, and soul, past and present journey into destiny- to be wielded in tandem to embrace a jovial existence. If someone travels on logs flowing with the currents downstream, he could be happy.  He argues that it is alright while floating with the water for a man. And he is humming and singing without opening his mouth and enjoying his ride. Rumi says that if the log is tied to a camel, it would still be great, however, if all of a sudden the camel recalls something which it has overlooked taking up the journey, then it would determine to journey back, upstream. This can be within the opposite course of the drift of the river (here, a metaphor for existence) and the satisfied path of the vacationer or the traveler could be disrupted.

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