Saturday, 9 June 2012

It’s time to Rumi

Forget your life. Say God is Great. 
Get up.

You think you know what time it is. 
It’s time to pray.

You’ve carved so many little figurines, too many.
Don’t knock on any random door like a beggar.

Reach your long hands out to another door,
beyond where you go on the street,
the street where everyone says,
“How are you?”
and no one says How aren’t you?

Tomorrow you’ll see
what you’ve broken and torn tonight,
thrashing in the dark. Inside you
there’s an artist you don’t know about.
He’s not interested in how things look different in moonlight.

If you are here unfaithfully with us,
you’re causing terrible damage.
If you’ve opened your loving to God’s love,
you’re helping people you don’t know
and have never seen.

Is what I say true ?
Say yes quickly,
if you know, if you’ve known it
from before the beginning of the universe.

~ Rumi
From Open Secret
Versions by Coleman Barks

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