Monday, October 1, 2007

Rumi birthday countdown 1 - Happy Birthday!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Okay, so it's 800 years and one day since the amazing mystical poet Rumi was born.

And for me it's a testament to the power of WORDS, of language, that thoughts he had so long ago can still resonate inside us Today. And not just the power of words across time, but across cultures as well!

To celebrate, here's two Bitchin' Queer Poems by the Sufi Master:
When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.

Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.
pg. 106

and this:
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
pg. 122

both poems are from "The Essential Rumi," translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne.

With that as inspiration for a great week,



1 comment:

Mary Hershey said...

Thanks, Lee, for sharing these!
And, also from the Birthday Boy..."Whatever you love, you are."

Man, if that doesn't give you pause.

Your fan,
Mary Hershey