clear stones: more quatrains

By: alexanderlewin

Jan 15 2016

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Category: Drawing, Photography, Poetry, Rumi, Sufism

2 Comments

Aperture:f/2.4
ISO:500
Shutter:1/50 sec
Camera:Lumia 520

 

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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make any sense.

We have this way of talking, and we have another.
Apart from what we wish
and what we fear may happen,
we are alive with other life,
as clear stones take form in the mountain.

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Looking for the ocean,
I find a piece of shell with foam on it.
I taste the ocean in the foam. I turn,
and the steep trail opens onto a high plain.

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This human shape is a ghost
made of distraction and pain.
Sometimes pure light, sometimes cruel,
trying wildly to open,
this image so tightly held within itself.

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For a while we lived with people,
but we found in them no sign
of the faithfulness we wanted.
It is better to hide completely within,
as water hides in metal, as fire hides in a rock.

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Since we have seen each other, a game goes on.
Secretly I move, and you respond.
You are winning. You think it’s funny.
But look up from the board now.
Look how I have brought furniture
into this invisible place,
so we can live here.

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t meet somewhere.
They are in each other all along.

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

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2 comments on “clear stones: more quatrains”

  1. Love the IKEA-esque, poetry word-inspired chair art ❤


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