Posts Tagged ‘rumi’

Quote of the day: LOVE

April 27, 2016


rumi love


Quote of the day: FASTING

September 15, 2011


There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you
run up the steps in front of you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you’re full of food and drink, Satan sits
where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue
in place of the Kaaba. When you fast,
good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give it
to some illusion and lose your power,
but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table descends to your tents,
Jesus’ table.
Expect to see it, when you fast, this table
spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.

— Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)

Quote of the day: LOVE

August 27, 2010


Love is the way messengers
from the mystery tell us things.

— Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)

Quote of the day: SEPARATION

May 6, 2010


Sometimes I forget completely
what companionship is.
Unconscious and insane, I spill sad
energy everywhere. My story
gets told in various ways: a romance,
a dirty joke, a war, a vacancy.

Divide up my forgetfulness to any number,
it will go around.
These dark suggestions that I follow,
are they part of some plan?
Friends, be careful. Don’t come near me
out of curiosity, or sympathy.

— Rumi
(translated by Coleman Barks)

Silence at the end of the day:
this is the hard part of separating.
Even perfunctory kisses & greetings,
blowing brain snot at bedtime —
sometimes I wondered
why we were doing it. Now
I feel the ache of the cord cut,
the line gone slack.

— Don Shewey

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