Thursday, April 26, 2012

Is that a poem in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

It's Poem in Your Pocket Day. Carry one. You might need it.

I have no idea if this poem by Rumi is a good translation. And maybe it's a better choice for Poem in Your Pocket Night. (There's an idea. Run with it.)  But that's how I'm feeling this morning.

If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,
Like this.
When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the nightsky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,
Like this.
If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is,
or what "God’s fragrance" means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.
Like this.
When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.
Like this.
If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.
Like this. Like this.
When someone asks what it means
to "die for love," point
If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.
This tall.
The soul sometimes leaves the body, then returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.
Like this.
When lovers moan,
they’re telling our story.
Like this.
I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.
Like this.
When someone asks what there is to do,
light the candle in his hand.

Like this.
How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?
How did Jacob’s sight return?
A little wind cleans the eyes.
Like this.
When Shams comes back from Tabriz,
he’ll put just his head around the edge
of the door to surprise us
Like this.

photo credit: the Man Who Loves Me


Elizabeth said...

So beautiful. Who wrote that? Rumi? Hafiz?

Milky Tea said...

gorgeous, whoever wrote it. He was holding on to the tail of a comet flying in the sky that we call the look from the Lover's eye.

Ms. Moon said...

Oh boy. Oh my.
I want.