Friday, September 3, 2010

Put This Design in Your Carpet (2)

 Carpet from Konya, the place where Rumi died,
in present day Turkey. Rumi celebrants call the day Rumi died
his "Wedding Day," when the veil was lifted
and he joined the Beloved.
Rumi's Wedding Day is celebrated around the world
on the anniversary of his death, December 17.


Any movement or sound is a profession of faith,
as the millstone grinding is explaining
how it believes in the river.
No metaphor can explain this,
but I cannot stop pointing to the beauty.

Every moment and place says,
Put this design in your carpet.

I want to be in such a passionate adoration
that my tent gets pitched against the sky.

Let the beloved come
and sit like a guard dog
in front of the tent.

When the ocean surges, 
don't let me just hear it.
Let is splash inside my chest.


My notes written during a 2007 Rumi reading by Coleman Barks
click on the image if you want to read more easily.
Please click & go to the link about the Rumi reading
to read more about what it's like to hear Barks read,
and dance in spirit while dervishes dance.


1 comment:

Eileen said...

Hi Ruth! You know, this reminds me of my favorite carpet in our house in Boston. I'm planning to put the newly-made thick rug near our fireplace but I have to call this cleaning services in Long Island 'coz I noticed a little stain on it. I'm a little perfectionist when it comes to my collection. It irritates me to see even the slightest dirt spot. I must say that those Long Island carpet cleaners did a pretty good job. I waited for just 20 minutes for the rug t dry up. When I do it myself, it would take days. Anyway, I really enjoyed this post. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.