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November 2nd, 2011

The Fish -- Mary Oliver

The Fish

The first fish
I ever caught
would not lie down
quiet in the pail
but flailed and sucked
at the burning
amazement of the air
and died
in the slow pouring off
of rainbows. Later
I opened his body and separated
the flesh from the bones
and ate him. Now the sea
is in me: I am the fish, the fish
glitters in me; we are
risen, tangled together, certain to fall
back to the sea. Out of pain,
and pain, and more pain
we feed this feverish plot, we are nourished
by the mystery.

~ Mary Oliver ~
The Fish -- Mary Oliver

Thank you to jblindsight
And if, my friend, you ask me the way
by Hakim Sanai
(1044? - 1150?)

English version by
D.L. Pendlebury

Original Language
Persian/Farsi

Muslim / Sufi
11th Century

And if, my friend, you ask me the way,
I'll tell you plainly, it is this:
to turn your face toward the world of life,
and turn your back on rank and reputation;
and, spurning outward prosperity, to bend
your back double in his service;
to part company with those who deal in words,
and take your place in the presence of the wordless.





-- from The Walled Garden of Truth, by Hakim Sanai / Translated by David Pendlebury


Hakim Sanai: And if, my friend, you ask me the way

This has been posted in my journal before, but encountering it again i could not avoid posting it again.
How much of what i need to know is in those eight lines
life, simplicity, humility, service, silence
Is there anything more i need to know?

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