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( Jun. 12th, 2009 11:32 am)
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
here.

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, the 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?

Huuuuu.

How did Jacob’s sight return?

Huuuu.

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.


From ‘The Essential Rumi’, Translations
by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
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( Jun. 12th, 2009 07:56 pm)
So, I was commenting with a friend about yang energy today. You know, that GRRR feeling. That restless RAWR of the wild. So what do you do during those times? Not necessarily to dispel it, but focusing it and letting it resonate in you.

My list:

Stand in front of a mirror and fight with myself. Scheduled, of course.
Grab a particularly competitive friend and have a bike race.
Get naked and paint-y and have wild sex with a canvas.
Find new ways to promote myself.
Sun salutations.
Build a Kali costume and have a party next Monday with the new moon. Maybe some red themed foods. Blood/dying/nourishing/growth.
Gather wood and build a sculpture. Then go after it with an axe.
Paint my face wildly and dance around the room to punk music. RAWR!
Write angsty letters to people... then burn them.


So... what do you do?
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