"Only Breath" by Rumi (as translated by Coleman Barks)

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.

 

*******

 

There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.

 

In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.

 

 This pretty much sums up my faith.

Views: 2860

Comment

You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

John Michael Wine liked Kirby Urner's discussion Thumbnail History
20 hours ago
John Michael Wine liked Kirby Urner's discussion Thumbnail History
20 hours ago
John Michael Wine liked William F Rushby's blog post Wisdom from an Old German Bpitst Brethren website
20 hours ago
Olivia liked Dr SJ Dodgson's video
yesterday
Matthew Callow posted an event
Thumbnail

Friends Historical Society Presidential Address and AGM 2021 at Zoom

10th mo. 2, 2021 from 2pm to 4pm
All members of the Friends Historical Society are welcome to attend the FHS Presidential Address…See More
yesterday
Robert Cowper posted a photo
1st day (Sun)
Trevor Bending updated their profile
7th day (Sat)
Keith Saylor commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Online Version of William Rogers 1680 text "The Christian Quaker..."'
"The West answering to the North (published in 1655) has been published in the Christonomy Project…"
7th day (Sat)

© 2021   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service