Death and Life


Lake Edwards, before the storm

Death and life

look and love
how it tangles
with the one fallen in love

look at spirit
how it fuses with earth
giving it new life

why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention how things blend

why talk about all
the known and the unknown
see how the unknown merges into the known

why think separately
of this life or next
when one is born from the last

look at your heart and tongue
one feels but deaf and dumb
the other spekas in words and signs

look at water and fire
earth and wind
enemies and friends at once

the wolf and the lamb
the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me

be like sugarcane
sweet yet silent
don’t get mixed up with bitter words

my beloved grows
right out of my own heart
how much more union can there be

From: Rumi, Fountain of Fire
Translated by Nader Khalili

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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1 Response to Death and Life

  1. Sheila says:

    merging, mingling, sugarcane (sweet and silent), my beloved grows right out of my heart……………………. these words are resonating deeply within me.

    A lovely side effect of the physical symptoms I am having is that my body cannot handle any more stress (physical or emotional). Consequently, I am surrendering to many many things throughout my day. I may begin to have a fearful thought and get tense, but almost immediately, my mind and body feel like they ‘give up’ and I relax into myself. It is this place where I can feel a great deal of healing taking place (psychological, emotional and physical). And it is this place where I feel ‘my beloved’ grow right out of my heart.

    Thank you for bringing this to me this morning. xoxo

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