Friday, November 20, 2015

The Thorn of Existence

Reason said: "Stop there!
   In surrender there are only thorns!"
Love replied: "O Reason!
   It is you who are full of thorns!"
Be still, and pluck the thorn
   of existence from your heart,
that you may come to see
   the rose gardens that lie within.

- Jalaluddin Rumi, Ghazal 132, ll. 7-8

[my translation]

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Religion is a language.

It can be prose,
   it can be poetry.
It can be truth,
   it can be fiction.
It can reveal,
   and can deceive.
It can hurt, kill,
   revive, and heal.
For language
   reveals the one
who speaks it,
   and religion
resembles the one
   who lives it.