Seeking Sira

Seeking The Beloved.
Seeking al-Haqq.
The moth ever drawn to the Light.
Learning Silence.
Learning Patience.
Random Ramblings.
Poetry.
Disturbances.
Faults.
Flaws.
Purification.

The smarter you get the less you speak.


— Arabic Proverb

Above every knower is a greater knower. 

Surat Yūsuf (Joseph) - سورة يوسف

The Fragile VialI need a mouth as wide as the skyto say the nature of a True Person, language as large as longing.The fragile vial inside me often breaks.No wonder I go mad and disappear for three daysevery month with the moon.For anyone in love with you,it’s always these invisible days.I’ve lost the thread of the story I was telling.My elephant roams his dreams of Hindustan again.Narrative, poetics, destroyed, my body,a dissolving, a return.Friend, I’ve shrunk to a hair trying to say your story.Would you tell mine?I’ve made up so many love stories.Now I feel fictional.Tell me!The truth is, you are speaking, not me.I am Sinai, and you are Moses walking there.This poetry is an echo of what you say.A piece of land can’t speak, or know anything!Or of it can, only within limits.The body is a device to calculatethe astronomy of the spirit.Look through that astrolabeand become oceanic.Why this distracted talk?It’s not my fault I rave.You did this.Do you approve of my love-madness?Say yes.What language will you say it in, Arabic or Persian,or what? Once again, I must be tied up.Bring the curly ropes of your hair.Now I remember the story.A True Man stares at his old shoesand sheepskin jacket. Every day he goes upto his attic to look at his work-shoes and worn-out coat.This is his wisdom, to remember the original clayand not get drunk with ego and arrogance.To visit those shoes and jacketis praise.The Absolute works with nothing.The workshop, the materialsare what does not exist.Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it.Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,where something might be planted,a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
 
The Fragile Vial


I need a mouth as wide as the sky
to say the nature of a True Person, 
language as large as longing.

The fragile vial inside me often breaks.
No wonder I go mad and disappear for three days
every month with the moon.

For anyone in love with you,
it’s always these invisible days.

I’ve lost the thread of the story I was telling.
My elephant roams his dreams of Hindustan again.
Narrative, poetics, destroyed, my body,
a dissolving, a return.

Friend, I’ve shrunk to a hair trying to say your story.
Would you tell mine?
I’ve made up so many love stories.
Now I feel fictional.

Tell me!
The truth is, you are speaking, not me.
I am Sinai, and you are Moses walking there.
This poetry is an echo of what you say.
A piece of land can’t speak, or know anything!
Or of it can, only within limits.

The body is a device to calculate
the astronomy of the spirit.
Look through that astrolabe
and become oceanic.

Why this distracted talk?
It’s not my fault I rave.
You did this.
Do you approve of my love-madness?

Say yes.
What language will you say it in, Arabic or Persian,
or what? Once again, I must be tied up.
Bring the curly ropes of your hair.

Now I remember the story.
A True Man stares at his old shoes
and sheepskin jacket. Every day he goes up
to his attic to look at his work-shoes and worn-out coat.
This is his wisdom, to remember the original clay
and not get drunk with ego and arrogance.

To visit those shoes and jacket
is praise.

The Absolute works with nothing.
The workshop, the materials
are what does not exist.

Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it.
Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.


Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi