Wisdom from a Dervish

No more with the sociopath on Tuesday’s  whose inga is in question. Instead I will walk the city streets and talk about sing-along’s, whiskey, and shamrocks.  But only in March, and only for a night. I hope you enjoy today’s poem, brought to you by Islamic mystic poet and founder of the Sufi order of the whirling dervishes. . .Rumi:

whirling-dervish-monastery

if anyone asks you

how the perfect satisfaction

of all our sexual wanting

will look, lift your face

and say,

like this.

when someone mentions the gracefulness

of the night sky, climb up on the roof

and dance and say,

 like this.

 if anyone wants to know what “spirit” is,

or what “God’s fragrance” means,

lean your head toward him or her.

keep your face there close.

like this.

when someone quotes the old poetic image

about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,

slowly loosen knot by knot the strings

of your robe.

 like this.

 if anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,

don’t try to explain the miracle.

kiss me on the lips.

 like this. Like this.

when someone asks what it means

to “die for love,” point

here.

if someone asks how tall I am, frown

and measure with your fingers the space

between the creases on your forehead.

this tall.

the soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.

when someone doesn’t believe that,

walk back into my house.

 like this.

when lovers moan,

they’re telling our story.

like this.

I am a sky where spirits live.

stare into this deepening blue,

while the breeze says a secret.

like this.

when someone asks what there is to do,

light the candle in his hand.

like this.

how did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?

Huuuuu.

how did Jacob’s sight return?

Huuuu.

a little wind cleans the eyes.

like this.

when Shams comes back from Tabriz,

he’ll put just his head around the edge

of the door to surprise us

like this.

 —–Rumi

from ‘The Essential Rumi’, Translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne

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