Be helpless, dumbfounded,
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace
To gather us up.
We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty.
If we say we can, we’re lying.
If we say No, we don’t see it,
That No will behead us
And shut tight our window onto spirit.
So let us rather not be sure of anything,
Beside ourselves, and only that, so
Miraculous being come running to help.
Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying finally,
With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
We shall be a mighty kindness.
source: “Zero circle” by Rumi, version by Robert Bly. In: Housden, R. (2001). New York: Harmony Books, p. 43. image: enso, Japanese for “circle.” Drawn in one stroke with a thick brush, it represents absolute reality in Zen art. Click for more.