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Rumi

(translated by Coleman Barks)

There was a dawn I remember
when my soul heard something
from your soul. I drank water
from your spring and felt
the current take me.

*

A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself.
That's how I hold your voice.

*

What can I say to someone so curled up with wanting,
so constricted in his love?
Break your pitcher against a rock.
We don't need any longer
to haul pieces of the ocean around.

*

There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can't hope.
The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

*

Don't hand me another glass of wine.
Pour it in my mouth.
I've lost the way to my mouth.

*

A candle is made to become entirely flame.
In that annihilating moment
it has no shadow.
It is nothing but a tongue of light
describing a refuge.

*

Dear soul, if you were not friends
with the vast nothing inside,
why would you always be casting your net
into it, and waiting so patiently?

*

Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.

*

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Comments

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technomom
Sep. 26th, 2002 03:53 am (UTC)
Every time I read anything by Rumi, I'm swept away by the power of the words.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 26th, 2002 05:12 am (UTC)
Who *is* that? Where can I get more?

Jo Walton bluejo@vif.com
I feel like I want to append a PGP sig or maybe a DNA test to prove I am not actually "anonymous".
firecat
Sep. 26th, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)
*bounce* Hi Jo!

Rumi is a 13th Century Persian Sufi mystic, and the translation is by Coleman Barks, a modern scholar/poet. Most/all of the bits I quoted are from The Essential Rumi.

Stunning, innit?
wandra
Sep. 26th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
It is indeed stunning. Thank you for posting it.

[makes note of book]

I was just thinking today how much I'm looking forward to meeting you :-)

Vron
firecat
Sep. 26th, 2002 02:40 pm (UTC)
You're coming to APC? Yay!
wandra
Sep. 27th, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yes! *grin*
Sandra & I are planning to book our flights tomorrow.
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