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Your song

sunrise

Your song caresses

the depths of loneliness,

high mountain bird

                                 – Matsuo Basho

Photo: Unmesh.

I am Sitting on a Mountain

I am sitting on a mountain.
I am casting shadows into the sky.

I did not invite it but the sun has come
And is now playing tag with my feet.

I am whispering to clouds today,
“Watch out for my shoulders,”

For I wish no harm
To all my soft friends.

Where do you think you will Be
When God reveals Himself
Inside of you?

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Solomon’s Crooked Crown

Solomon was busy judging others,
when it was his personal thoughts
that were disrupting the community.

His crown slid crooked on his head.
He put it straight, but the crown went
awry again. Eight times this happened.

Finally, he began to talk to his headpiece.
“Why do you keep tilting over my eyes?”
“I have to. When your power loses compassion,
I have to show what such condition looks like.”

Immediately Solomon recognized the truth.
He knelt and asked for forgiveness.
The crown centered itself on his crown.

When something goes wrong, accuse yourself first.
Even the wisdom of Plato or Solomon
can wobble and go blind.

Listen when your crown reminds you
of what makes you cold toward others,
as you pamper the greedy energy inside.

– Rumi

Translation – Coleman Barks

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