Poet’s Nook: "Soul & The Old Woman" by Rumi

What is the soul?  Consciousness.  The more awareness, the 

deeper the soul, and when

such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around.  It’s

so simple to tell one who

puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real

thing.  We know the taste

of pure water.  Words can sound like a poem but not have

any juice, no flavor to

relish.  How long do you look at pictures on a bathhouse

wall?  Soul is what draws

you away from those pictures to talk with the old woman

who sits outside by the door

in the sun.  She’s half blind, but she has what soul loves

to flow into.  She’s kind, she weeps.

She makes quick personal decision, and laughs so easily.
(version by Coleman Barks from The Soul of Rumi)

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