Monday, May 15, 2006

Inspired on the Subway

During the hours I spent on the subway yesterday, I read a really great poem that is part of the Poetry in Motion series. It's was so striking that I wrote it down in my journal and looked up the poet when I got home. The poet's name is Jelaluddin Rumi. He/She is a Sufi poet. I don't know what that means exactly, but I am going to find out. It still has stayed with me, so I want to share it with you:
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
Doesn't make any sense."
What a great place...


Kelly said...

I picked up a great collection of Rumi's poetry. It's called "The Essential Rumi" translated by Coleman Barks.

Beebs said...

Thats a GREAT book. Rumi is one of the most beloved poets in the Yogi world. I am surprised your buddhist upbringing did not bring you past Rumi. Almost any time someone reads a truly startling line from a book in class- it always turns out to be RUMI.