Realities Created, Maintained and Destroyed, WHILE-U-WAIT!

Sunday, July 31, 2005

We Came Whirling

we came whirling
out of nothingness
scattering stars
like dust

the stars made a circle
and in the middle
we dance

the wheel of heaven
circles God
like a mill

if you grab a spoke
it will tear your hand off

turning and turning
it sunders
all attachment

were that wheel not in love
it would cry
"enough! how long this turning?"

every atom
turns bewildered

beggars circle tables
dogs circle carrion
the lover circles
his own heart

I circle shame

a ruined water wheel
whichever way I turn
is the river

if that rusty old sky
creaks to a stop
still, still I turn

and it is only God
circling Himself

Jalal al-Din Rumi, Maulana 1207-1273
from fragments, ecstacies
translation from Persian by Daniel Liebert
1981 SOURCE BOOKS, Santa Fe, New Mexico


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