Monday, October 19, 2009


Love comes with a knife,
not some shy question,
and not with fears
for its reputation!

I say these things disinterestedly.
Accept them in kind.

Love is a madman, working his wild schemes, tearing off his clothes,
running through the mountains, drinking poison,
and now quietly choosing annihilation.

A tiny spider tries to wrap an enormous wasp.
Think of the spiderweb woven across the cave
where Muhammad slept!

There are love stories,
and there is obliteration into love.

You've been walking the ocean's edge,
holding up your robes to keep them dry.
You must dive naked under and deeper under,
a thousand times deeper!

Love flows down!!
The ground submits to the sky and suffers
what comes.

Tell me, is the earth worse
for giving in like that?
Don't put blankets over the drum!
Open completely.
Let your spirit-ear listen to the green dome's passionate murmur.

Let the cords of your robe be untied.
Shiver in this new love beyond all above and below.

The sun rises, but which way
does night go?

I have no more words. Let soul speak with the silent
articulation of a face.



The Wanderers' Daughter said...

That first sentence is so perfect it's almost painful. I love Rumi.

How close are you to travel these days?

ps - haha! the word verification was "Muffs" my nickname.

Juniper said...

Must agree, the first line caught me and then that first paragraph led me on, what a poem. Thank you.
I forget to stop and take the time to read poems these days but I should make the time. They offer something sometimes so moving in such a short breath.