Gold & Ruby Outcrops/Soul Bowls

When I first read this poem, the image of the glint of ruby being revealed as an entire ruby mountain reminded me of an old Three Bears cartoon from the 1974 Beano Annual, where the bears caught gold fever. Needless to say their adventure landed them right back where they started, but they had fun while it lasted!

A Bowl

Imagine the time the particle you are
returns where it came from.

The family darling comes home.
Wine without being contained in cups is handed around.
A red glint appears in a granite outcrop
and suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby.

At dawn I was walking along with a monk
on his way to the monastery.
We do the same work, I told him. We suffer the same.
He gave me a bowl, and I saw:
The soul has this shape.

You that teach us, Shams Tabriz,
and actual sunlight, help me now,
being in the middle of being
partly in myself, and partly outside.

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)
tr.Coleman Barks
from Rumi: The Big Red Book
HarperCollins 2010

soul bowls2

Thanks to Rosie for her idea to colour in
every 21st bowl with reference to the
(wholly unscientific!!)
21 grams soul-weight theory!


4 comments on “Gold & Ruby Outcrops/Soul Bowls”

  1. Another winner *love*.

  2. Thanks! (You’re quick!)

  3. Good stuff. The coloured bowls form a dot-to-dot question mark. And the whole would make a lovely cover for a continental duvet. Well done ruminant!

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