rumi like ruminate: “on with the dance, let joy be unconfined.” (mark twain)

dear readers,

there’s so much going on, so much to care about, the poet ishle park wrote that when the japan earthquake hit, the world shifted on its axis, and some of us clipped on our wings. it’s a good time for flight, no? here’s a poem from rumi, i was feeling it so much this morning, running through that grey and green and dog filled prospect park. go brooklyn.

lovers are made aware, by rumi
you make a hundred resolutions to journey somewhere/
but He draws you somewhere else.
He turns the horses bridle in every direction/
so that the untrained horse may know there is a rider.
The clever horse is well paced because it knows a rider is mounted upon it.
He fixed your heart on a hundred passionate desires, disappointed you/
then broke your heart.
Since he broke the Wings of your first intention/
how do you doubt the existence of the Wing Breaker.
Since his ordainment snapped the chord of your contrivance,
how can you remain blind to His command?
Your resolutions and aims now and then are fulfilled
so that through hope your heart might form another intention/
which he might once again destroy.
for if he were to keep you completely from success/
you would despair:
how would the seed of expectation be sown?
If your heart did not sow that seed,
and then encounter barrenness, how would it recognize its submission to Divine will?
By their failures lovers are made aware of their Lord.
Lack of success is the guide to Paradise:
Pay attention to the tradition:
“Paradise is encompassed with pain.”

peace,
roopa swing

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4 thoughts on “rumi like ruminate: “on with the dance, let joy be unconfined.” (mark twain)

  1. sabrina says:

    hey roopa-

    first off, i like how you keep it fresh with the frequent redesigns…this one is cool, and certainly gives off a bit of a ‘concrete jungle’ vibe.

    this poem….maybe it’s just the head i’ve been in, or how i’m reading it, but..i feel like i’m always aware that despair, failure, and pain are part of the life territory, but am constantly trying to keep on keepin’ on despite these drawbacks, and i try to be conscious to look towards the light to try and pull up. is that what it will be like, though, forever? really? i know the forest sometimes needs a fire to start anew and promote fresh growth, but sometimes i feel like it gets hard always feeling like we have to work through pain in order to find the happy, just to come up against pain again. does that make sense? adversely, though, it is crucial that we are reminded that this path is not easy, and that struggle does lead to reward. sadly, it just seems like often the rewards are not distributed in such a fashion to balance out the suffering. got me thinkin’…..

    then again, maybe i am reading this completely wrong…!

    • politicalpoet says:

      i feel you sis. rumi man…this piece has me thinking about pain too, because so many people get addicted to that pain, that drain, and you know, i don’t think thats the kind of pain that leads to growth. growth for me is key. are we getting somewhere? are we growing as individuals, as a couple? not easy questions to answer, all that forest for the trees business, but still, we should wonder. hey and thanks for the aesthetic shout out, lol.

      • sabrina says:

        i hear you-i think that’s the kind of pain that leads to fear and immobility. i know it-been there myself a few times….but, what i’m saying is…is the pain worth it? it just makes me think of catholics who believe that he more they suffer, the greater things will be for them in the afterlife. but, shouldn’t we expect joy and pleasure in this life, too, dammit! i know it’s hard to avoid, but i can barely stand being jolted out of progress by these reminders of the crappiness of life. today is my father’s bday; he would have been 70 yrs old, but died suddenly and unnecessarily 11 yrs ago-after all these yrs, i still find it hard to move on from the trauma and find the true meaning in that pain and suffering, and that continues to this day. i do believe, however, that we can judge ourselves and others by how they manage to make it through extreme adversity, especially since we encounter it so very often. nothing is easy in this crazy city, though. just returned from 5 days in santa fe and taos, and i can really understand how people visit and never leave. even though jobs are scarce and poverty abounds out there, being surrounded by such amazing natural beauty and connectedness to the earth makes it somehow bearable and takes your breath away…

        s

      • politicalpoet says:

        i just feel like you’re hella wise.

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