Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Time to live now, Shams meant

Rumi, Shams, Drowned Book, Sadiq Collage
Rumi the poet was a scholar also.
But Shams, his friend, was an angel.
By which I don't mean anything patient or sweet.

When I read how he took Rumi's books and threw them
into the duck pond,
I shouted for joy.

Time to live now,
Shams meant.

I see him, turning away
casually toward the road, Rumi following, the books
floating and sinking among the screeching ducks,

oh, beautiful book-eating pond!

- from Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award winner poet, Mary Oliver's book 'What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems'


.: graphics collage: Rumi, Shams and Drowned Book
by sadiq, inspired by Mary Oliver's poem
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