A Community of the Spirit

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,
if you want to be held.

Sit down in the circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepard’s love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.
Don’t accept consolations.

Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.

You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.

~ Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, trans. by Coleman Barks


For Meg, and all of us on these healing journeys. Thanks for the berries and the tears.

3 thoughts on “A Community of the Spirit

  1. Meg Casey says:

    No one can touch this part of me the way ancient Rumi can–Is this not a universal poem, touching the very center of our hurts-the ones we think no one could possibly understand? Thanks for sharing it and reminding me of its beauty and its all encompassing truth…



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