Keeping Company with Rumi

Posted on 22 February 2010

I’ve been in a quiet phase.  Spending lots of time alone at home.  I’m liking my own company, and gearing up for something!  I know that about myself.  When I’m in hibernation mode, it’s growth time.

This weekend, I kept drawing the Rune Laguz.  It’s the water rune, and indicates that this is a good time to immerse, cleanse, realign and gather intuitive wisdom. Perfect.  Of course!  I’ve also been reading poetry.  My own from the past, some shared with me by friends, and Rumi.  I’m becoming friends with the poet, Rumi.  Some of his poems are so ethereal and beyond me, I can ponder them a lifetime.  And some lines are so down to earth, they make me laugh.

So, tonight, instead of sorting out what’s in me to write, I’m sharing the Rumi lines I’m most fond of this week.  What’s in me will emerge more clearly later.  Rumi, however, is speaking my heart right now, so I’ll let him express.  Enjoy!

***

All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.  My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that.
And I intend to end up there.

***

The way of love is not
a subtle argument.
The door there
is devastation.
Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall, and falling,
They’re given wings.

***

Those on the way are almost invisible
to those who are not.  A man or a woman
recognizes God and starts out.  The others
say he or she, is losing faith.

***

When your love reaches the core,
earth-heavals and bright irruptions spew in the air.
The universe becomes one spiritual thing, that simple,
love mixing with spirit.

***

Don’t let your throat tighten
with fear.  Take sips of breath
all day and night.

***

This is how it always is
When I finish a poem.
A Great Silence overcomes me,
And I wonder why I ever thought
to use language.
***

* From Rumi: For the Sacred Circle of Lovers


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