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Dewey's 24-hr Read-a-thon is coming up again soon. This year it will be on Saturday, April 29, and as we get ready for another one, they're hosting several mini-read-a-thons over on Goodreads. Today the goal is to read for a total of 2 hours. I'm in!

I am currently working on The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, and I've also been itching to revisit some of my beloved Rumi's books. I adore Rumi's ecstatic poetry and have been missing it lately. Here's a good one:

If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,

Like this.

When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the nightsky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,

Like this.

If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is,
or what "God’s fragrance" means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.

Like this.

When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.

Like this.

If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.

Like this. Like this.

When someone asks what it means
to "die for love," point

If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.

This tall.

The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.

Like this.

When lovers moan,
they’re telling our story.

Like this.

I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.

Like this.

When someone asks what there is to do,
light the candle in his hand.

Like this.

How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?


How did Jacob’s sight return?


A little wind cleans the eyes.

Like this.

When Shams comes back from Tabriz,
he’ll put just his head around the edge
of the door to surprise us

Like this.

From ‘The Essential Rumi’, Translations
by Coleman Barks with John Moyne


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 8th, 2017 04:55 pm (UTC)

Good luck with the read a thon!

Apr. 9th, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I ended up whooping my own rear in the garden and fell asleep when I sat down to read. I did read for about an hour first. Whoops.
Apr. 8th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've always loved Rumi, but this poem went under my radar somehow. And wow - it's great! :)
Apr. 9th, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this is one of my favorites. Glad to introduce you to it!
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