Friday, 4 July 2008

Poem of the week

Here's a small thing from Rumi:

If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action.

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Angela Young said...

Rumi is wonderful, isn't he? A while ago (February) I posted a piece about his poem called The Guest House ... do you know it? It begins:

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all

... and so it continues. 'Welcome and entertain them all' stays with me.

oxford-reader said...

I have to admit I know very little of his work. Mum bought me a book of his poems years ago, which I didn't touch, and then at this year's Oxford lit fest I went to Coleman Barks' talk on Rumi and got hooked!

I like the one you've quoted, I'd not heard it before.