“Shadow and Light Source Both” by Rumi

How does a part of the world leave the world?
How does wetness leave water? Dont’ try to

put out fire by throwing on more fire! Don’t
wash a wound with blood. No matter how fast

you run, your shadow keeps up. Sometimes it’s
in front! Only full overhead sun diminishes

your shadow. But that shadow has been serving
you. What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is

your candle. Your boundaries are your quest.
I could explain this, but it will break the

glass cover on your heart, and there’s no
fixing that. You must have shadow and light

source both. Listen, and lay your head under
the tree of awe. When from that tree feathers

and wings sprout on you, be quieter than
a dove. Don’t even open your mouth for even a coo.

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From Soul of Rumi
by Coleman Barks
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3 Responses to “Shadow and Light Source Both” by Rumi

  1. thoughtofvg says:

    All good things must have its negative counterpart to exist. What is light without dark or shade? Good without evil? Day without night? thank you-i really enjoyed this poem.

  2. Jerome Bloom says:

    ONCE AGAIN YOU HAVE
    STOKED
    MY
    HEARTSTRINGS

    HOW CAN

    I LOVE
    YOU
    MORE

    NO ANSWER
    INTHIS LIFE

    WAVES COMEIN
    WAVESGOOUT

    RIPPLES
    ON
    THE
    POND

  3. Desirae Nicole says:

    Sorrow deepens
    And
    Silence grows
    But
    I have learned
    That
    Love is better attained from afar
    The rule is:
    No attachments
    To people, places or things
    And
    Always be prepared to pack up and leave again
    Not one word needs to be said
    But take
    One moment to look back
    And savor the
    many moments looking forward
    Treading along alone
    This is what my life has become
    Some say its depressing
    Others say, I am running away
    I say
    I am just living, the best that I can
    Through self-discovery comes great purpose, turmoil and peace
    So, I go in the direction with and against the wind

    By: Me
    Desirae Nicole Ortega
    10/7/20

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