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  • Naila Schulte
    Here s one of my favorites from Rumi: WHAT S NOT HERE I start out on this road, call it love or emptiness. I only know what s not here: resentment seeds,
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 16, 2008
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      Here's one of my favorites from Rumi:


      WHAT'S NOT HERE

      I start out on this road, call it
      love or emptiness.  I only know what's

      not here: resentment seeds, back-
      scratching greed, worrying about out-

      come, fear of people.  When a bird gets
      free, it doesn't go back for remnants

      left on the bottom of the cage!  Close
      by, I'm rain.  Far off, a cloud of fire.

      I seem restless, but I am deeply at ease.
      Branches tremble; the roots are still.

      I am a universe in a handful of dirt,
      whole when totally demolished.  Talk

      about choices does not apply to me.
      While intelligence considers options,

      I am somewhere lost in the wind.


             from The Glance
            (translated by Coleman Barks)

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