Friday, July 31, 2009

674 : Earsight by Rumi, from Bridge of the soul by Coleman Barks

Do you want the sweetness of food
or the sweetness of the one
who put sweetness in food?

There are amazing things in the ocean,
and there is one who is the ocean.

Think of a carpenter’s alert comprehension
when he builds a house.
Now think of the one
who creates consciousness.

It takes skill to extract oil from a nut,
Now consider how sight lives in the eye.

There is a night full of wildness
of wanting. Then dawn comes.
You take my hand in yours.

There are those who doubt
that this can happen.

They pour powdered fold into barely bins.
Then follow donkeys to the barn.

Enough worlds. Friend,
you can make the ear see.

Speak the rest of this poem
in that language.

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