Story Water

A story is like water
That you heat for your bath.
It takes messages between the fire and your skin. It lets them meet,
and it cleans you!

Very few can sit down
in the middle of the fire itself,
like a salamander, or Abraham.
We need intermediaries.

A feeling of fullness comes,
but usually it takes some bread
to bring it.

Beauty surrounds us,
but usually we need to be walking
in a garden to know it.

The body itself is a screen
to shield and partially reveal
the light that’s blazing
inside your presence.

Water, stories, the body,
all the things we do, are mediums
that hide and show what’s hidden.

Study them,
and enjoy this being washed
with a secret we sometimes know,
and then not.

- by Jelaluddin Rumi, taken from The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

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2 Responses to “Story Water”

  1. Last night’s photos of the Rumi Tour « Sumptuous World Says:

    […] and mystic – read my previous post about Ashley and the tour here, and one of Rumi’s poems here. And if you’re in London looking for the best use of your evening, come along either tonight, […]

  2. archanaraghuram Says:

    Very beautiful poem, Dr.Frank. I have heard of Rumi, but never read his peoms. Someone told me his is brilliant with metaphors. I should check out this book.

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