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friday feast: a meditation

 "Window to the Heart" mandala by blue_sea_art.

In the depths of winter, I think about Spring.

There is a faint stirring underfoot.

I've been practicing "no mind." This is a secret all you poets already know. To move beyond attentiveness, listening -- to a state of attunement.

Can you hear the song, the airy silence?

Absorb the ground and sky, its fragrance.

Honor what unfolds from within, dissolve in your bliss.

by Jelaluddin Rumi

Don't worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn't matter.

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world's harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.

So the candle flickers and goes out,
We have a piece of flint, and a spark.

This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge
of driftwood along the beach, wanting!

They derive from a slow and powerful root
that we can't see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.

                                    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Have a beautiful weekend!

The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted today by Lee Wind at I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell.
We must get up and take that in,
that wind that lets us live.
Breathe before it's gone.

Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.

~ from The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks and John Moyne (Harper, 1995).

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.


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Feb. 12th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
In the DEPTHS of winter...
Could that be—by any chance—a reference to the DEPTHS of WINTER (as in inches or feet) outside your door?

Happy shoveling, my Virginian friend!
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: In the DEPTHS of winter...
How astute you are! Something went wrong this year, and we got YOUR snow down here by mistake! Take it back, please :).

Some of the icicles are taller than I am.
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
...and we got YOUR snow
How coincidental.

I was listening to NPR on my ride home and a lady from Maine said "just that." For one, she was tired of hearing the NPR staff in DC complain about it. But she was also "complaining" that you got our New England snow and WE really got nothing this year. She missed it as it's a great "hibernator" for her spring flowers. And it's sun glare keeps her house bright on our short days. And on and on.

I could completely relate with her concerns. But my reasons are a little more selfish. It looks like another season where I will not get to cross-country ski. And though I've been out once, it doesn't look like I'll do any snow-shoeing this season.

Unless, of course, the tables change and MARCH brings on some New England!

Edited at 2010-02-12 02:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: ...and we got YOUR snow
That's some coincidence. Sorry to hear you'll be missing your skiing and snow shoeing this year. The Olympics people are worried about some of their events, too. Very strange weather.
Feb. 12th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I see....
A great BIG Mother Nature—as GODdess like as she can be—looking down at little planet earth and with a gizmo that in part resembles a snow globe, an etch-a-sketch and one of those magnetic wands (where you make a moustache, etc. on the bald man with lead shavings)...and she chuckles a little and takes her wand and moves all the weather around in ways that make us all go crazy and shake our fists and scratch our heads....

And she's most amused.
Feb. 12th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

Oh, that is just gorgeous! Hugs and cupcakes to you for sharing such beauty today...
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the hugs and cupcakes, Sara! You bring music wherever you go . . .
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
from Laura @ Author Amok
With all the snow, we've had to slow down, step outside our routines and practice being in the moment. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem and thoughtful post, Jama.
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: from Laura @ Author Amok
You're welcome, Laura. Thanks for stopping in today :).
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
This is, of course, beautiful, but the bit squee moment for me is that RUMI HAS A FIRST NAME.

Okay, I'm a dork. I admit it.
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
:D! You are SO cute. You know, Jelaluddin and I go way, way back . . .
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Rumi figures in the novel I'm reading now: Let the Great World Spin.

Love the illustration.

Chicken Spaghetti
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
The title does sound very Rumi-ish! :) Have a nice V-day, Susan!
Feb. 12th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Hi Jama,

I'm new to the KidLit world. Thanks for sharing Rumi's poem.

I'm a foodie wannabe. The only part I do really well is eat. What a great idea to combine recipes and children's books.

Feb. 13th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Hi Laura! So glad you're here :). Eating really well -- we have that in common! There'll always be a place at our table for you, so do drop by often. Happy Valentine's Day!
Feb. 13th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Poetry with coffee this morning. "We must get up and take that in." Poetry, that is. Well, and I guess coffee too :-)

Thanks for this great post to help launch the day!
Feb. 13th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Have a lovely weekend, Martha!
Feb. 14th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks for the reminder that Everything Is Music and that I need to get up and smell the morning wind and Dance.
Feb. 14th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!
Feb. 14th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Jama, I love Rumi and love that poem in particular. Thanks so much for sharing it. Also the graphic at the beginning is perfect. I'd love to spend some time with colored pencils today...
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