Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | February 12, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Only Breath

by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207 – 1273).

 

Only Breath

 

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu

Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion

 

or cultural system. I am not from the East

or the West, not out of the ocean or up

 

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not                 5

composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

 

am not an entity in this world or in the next,

did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

 

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace

of the traceless. Neither body or soul.                             10

 

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two

worlds as one and that one call to and know,

 

first, last, outer, inner, only that

breath breathing human being. 

 

Notes:

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Jalaleddin-Rumi

http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/rumi/index.shtml


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