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Excerpt from "The Glance"

Posted November 04 2012

Cover-Rumi-TheGlance Enjoy this gorgeous passage of Rumi's poetry from "The Glance", as translated and read by Coleman Barks.  Jalalud'din Rumi is one of the world's most revered poets and mystics.

Love is alive, and someone borne alone by it is more alive than lions roaring or men in their fierce courage. Bandits ambush others on the road. They get wealth, but they stay in one place. Lovers keep moving, never the same, not for a second. What makes others grieve, they enjoy. When they look angry, do not believe their faces. It is spring lightning, a joke before the rain. They chew thorns thoughtfully, along with pastured grass. Gazelle and lioness having dinner. Love is invisible, except here, in us. Sometimes I praise love. Sometimes love praises me. Love, a little shell somewhere on the ocean floor, opens its mouth. You and I make we. Those imaginary beings enter that shell as a single sip of seawater.

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