Monday, April 29, 2019

the heat of midnight tears

Listen, my friend, this road is the heart opening,
kissing his feet, resistance broken, tears all night.

If we could reach the Lord through immersion in water,
I would have asked to be born a fish in this life.
If we could reach Him through nothing but berries and wild nuts
then surely the saints would have been monkeys when they came
from the womb!

If we could reach him by munching lettuce and dry leaves
then goats would surely get to the Holy One before us!

If the worship of stone stature could bring us all the way,
I would have adored a granite mountain years ago.

Mirabai says, "The heat of midnight tears will bring you to God."

~ Mirabai
translation by Robert Bly


Karen Sue said...

This is beautiful. I have recently become agnostic and am finding the path of the Buddha to be a good path to follow to become a more loving being. This poem succinctly tells the different ways I have tried to follow but they all wind up coming to the one path that makes sense to me intellectually and in my heart and soul. Thank you.

Dean Keller said...

Thanks Karen Sue