Not here

There’s courage involved if you want
to become truth.  There is a broken-

open place in a lover.  Where are
those qualities of bravery and sharp

compassion in this group?  What’s the
use of old and frozen thought?  I want

a howling hurt.  This is not a treasury
where gold is stored; this is for copper.

We alchemists look for talent that
can heat up and change.  Lukewarm

won’t do. Halfhearted holding back,
well-enough getting by?  Not here.

From Soul of Rumi
by Coleman Barks
This is one of my favorites and dedicated to a friend of mine. Thank you

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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5 Responses to Not here

  1. doreen says:

    “this is for copper” Indeed!

  2. fatima says:

    Can I be the space for this?!
    Shouts my self though tears of separation from me.
    Shhh. Quiet. Let me be.

    That is the challenge.
    Shhh. That you too may be free with me.
    Maybe not, but at least we’ll see.

  3. Pete says:

    Room4Truth is speaking into my hard heart. Thanks Pete

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