Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Lame Goat

Goat sculpture from found objects, by Picasso

You have seen a herd of goats
going down to the water.

The lame and dreamy goat
brings up the rear.

There are worried faces about that one,
but now they're laughing,

because look, as they return,
that one is leading.

There are many different ways of knowing.
The lame goat's kind is a branch
that traces back to the roots of presence.

Learn from the lame goat,
and lead the herd home.


Ruth said...

The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

I think the knowing that comes at the back of the crowd is good preparation for leading back home. I was the tail end of my seven siblings, and i observed a lot over the years, from their colorful mistakes. :-)

Not that I didn't make plenty of my own . . .

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Lame and dreamy, what a combination. In the hills around El Griego, where I do my mountain biking, I have sometimes come across groups of mountain goats, perhaps a half dozen or so, more like a family than a herd. I found it quite thrilling for some reason. I'll think about today's post next time I am around them.

annell4 said...

I worry about the lame goat. I hope he is better now.
Nice blog site! I like it!

Lorna Cahall said...

Thanks for all the varied goats and the fine poem. It's such a great idea to stay close to Rumi!

Terri said...

There are many different ways of knowing. Everyone has something to teach us even the most unlikely - often the most unlikely.