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Rumi 2

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into colour.
Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you have died.
Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.

The speechless full moon
comes out now.

Jalaluddin Rumi, Sufi poet
source: Barks, C. (Trans.) (1997). The essential Rumi. Edison, NJ: Castle Books, p.22

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  1. Hi Peter
    what a wonderful blogsite, I will take some time to look at all over it over the next few days. Am feeling anxious about brother-in-law Paul who has had a cancerous melanoma on his face and was operated on yesterday to see if it has gone into his lymjph nodes. Jose sounds strong but I know she is deeply worried.

    You are in inspiration with your lifelong learning and helping others to learn about dying and to help others pass on. The Rumi poem is so freeing.

    happiness to you.
    v

    Reply

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