Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Inspire Me Thursday October 14, 2008 Rumi Poem



This week's Inspire Me Thursday was a poem by Rumi.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

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.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.

Now my loving is running to my life shouting,
What a bargain, let's buy it.

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning, our souls
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?

They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual?
They wonder about Solomon and all his wives.

In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul
and you are that.

But we have ways within each other
that will never be said by anyone.
Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts in the pomegranate flowers.

If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.

It's watercolor, matte medium, and pencil. 9 x 12

3 comments:

Laura said...

Very cool - lovely & wonderful watercolor work! I have a love/ hate relationship with that medium :> Anyhoo, I like how you added your own fave Rumi quotes to this prompt, especially 'Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.'

windy angels said...

interesting. I love the sky and the rays of light.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful art! Love the feel and colors!