After Rumi

“You are song.”
Each of you – you are song.

Your breath: God

breathing you;

your stillness: God

stilling you;

your quest: God

filling you.

Your life is light birthed from earth
your sleep is snow blanketing the dark
your laughter lights stars and
your kiss caresses death to life.

You are song, sung
by God to joy the world.


9 thoughts on “After Rumi

  1. diannegray says:

    I love Rumi. This is great, Allen.

  2. I love this too. It speaks so much truth, and I love the image of snow blanketing the dark especially. My experience of quest, however, is of emptying rather than filling.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Thanks for your kind words. Could it be that you are “filled” with a lack that pushes you into ventures such as pilgrimages, etc? I think that is what I meant, but I don’t want to foist my experiences on you… aside from drinking a wee dram. That is an experience to be foisted!

  3. Yes. Two different ways of describing the same apophatic thing!

  4. shoreacres says:

    Such a lovely poem, and very much evocative of Rumi. I was a little jarred by the last line, but that was only because of a personal preference. I tend not to enjoy (!) the “verbing” of non-verbs, even though I realize that seems to be a “thing” these days. Actually, your usage works rather well in this context: once I got over my little prejudice.

    And look at the new winter photo! Hallelujah!

    • agjorgenson says:

      Thanks, and we have a fresh blanket this morning too! Glad you enjoyed the poem, and also inspired me to search out a bit more about “joy.” It actually is used in verbal form in Middle English according to the OED, and an instance of its use as a verb in the KJV is found in 2 Cor. 7:13: :”… and exceedingly more joyed we for the joy of Titus.” Who knew? I wish I could say that I wrote with all of that in mind, but it really just spilled out as a twist on “joy to the world.”

  5. Love the closing esp, A. Music was heaven-borne. =)

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