In the journey of you
the suckled grape, the coaxing strum
where the god that breeds knelt
and offered fruit from the failing limbs
of moist magnitudes—
from the yoke of breaths
every clutch of earth inhales.
Even in the garden you would not bow
to time’s stumbling trance,
not for the taste of blood
nor temptation of design:
and it was on you the temples rose
liberated with a grasp
of the hair beneath the sky.
“O my Soul, there is a link between your heart and mine.
And my heart is looking for that path.
My heart is clear and pure like water and pure water
is a perfect mirror for moonlight.”
~Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (Rumi)
Keeping to a “short but sweet” theme that seems to be overarching my poetry this week, I give you a Haiku. Enjoy:
Never seen Mountains;
the inner is higher than
without: nothing known.
Posted in conjunction with the Thursday Poets Rally.
And by the by, as a part of that, I nominate Kavita! Read any of her stuff. You’ll quickly figure out why.
Today, and to start off this week, as I find myself in something more of a reflective mood, I leave you with a few quotes from someone I personally admire very much: the Dalai Lama. May you all have a wonderful week to come!
“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”
“Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace.”