Monday, October 31, 2005

To Those About To Write . . .

This post is for those who are about to embark on this year's National Novel Writing Month. I salute all of you and wish you luck. This poem by Rumi I hope will suitably inspire us . . .

Fifty thousand words by November 30th? No problem!

Story Water

By Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)

A story is like water

that you heat for your bath.

It takes messages between the fire

and your skin. It lets them meet,

and it cleans you!

Very few can sit down

in the middle of the fire itself

like a salamander or Abraham.

we need intermediaries.

A feeling of fullness comes,

but it usually takes some bread

to bring it.

Beauty surrounds us,

but usually we need to be walking

in a garden to know it.

The body itself is a screen

to shield and partly reveal

the light that’s blazing

inside your presence.

Water, stories, the body,

all the things we do, are mediums

that hide and show what’s hidden.

Study them,

and enjoy this being washed

with a secret we sometimes know,

and then not.

1 comment:

Virginia Gal said...

I love Rumi (fellow Muslim, go figure). Glad you had a good weekend, yeah, the free muesums in DC are great, they spoil us for other cities when you have to pay.