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In this fragment of a poem, Rumi invites us to stand slack-jawed — amazed, perplexed, and dumbfounded in the face of life’s uncertainty. He confirms what you and i have known all along but–perhaps–tried to hide from others and ourselves: that at times we want to say Yes and No and All to the desires and aches of our heart. The poet calls us to embrace the miracle of our awakening in its countless forms.

So let us rather not be sure of anything
Beside ourselves, and only that, so
Miraculous beings come running to help.
Crazed, lying in the 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: from “Zero Circle” in: Say I am you: poetry interspersed with stories of Rumi and Shams. (1994) transl. © Coleman Barks & John Moyne. Athens, GA: Maypop Books. image: whirling dervish.


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