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Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - Fasting


There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you
run up the steps in front of you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you're full of food and drink, Satan sits
where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue
in place of the Kaaba. When you fast,
good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon's ring. Don't give it
to some illusion and lose your power,
but even if you have, if you've lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table descends to your tents,
Jesus' table.
Expect to see it, when you fast, this table
spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.


-- from The Illuminated Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - Fasting

Because its Lent and because i love Rumi

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reginaterrae
Feb. 11th, 2016 11:14 am (UTC)

When I went to visit my mom Sunday I found The Illuminated Rumi on a coffee table. Picked it up, it opened to this poem. I photocopied it and posted it on the monks' notice-board.


Great minds and all that....  :-)

bobby1933
Feb. 11th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
:)
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