Friday, March 6, 2020

soul and the old woman

What is the soul?  Consciousness.  The more awareness, the 
deeper the soul, and when

such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around.  It's
so simple to tell one who

puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real
thing.  We know the taste

of pure water.  Words can sound like a poem but not have
any juice, no flavor to

relish.  How long do you look at pictures on a bathhouse
wall?  Soul is what draws

you away from those pictures to talk with the old woman
who sits outside by the door

in the sun.  She's half blind, but she has what soul loves
to flow into.  She's kind, she weeps.

She makes quick personal decisions, and laughs so easily.

~ Rumi
version by Coleman Barks
from The Soul of Rumi
art by van gogh


LaceLady said...

I love this! Thank you.