In honor of my 200th post, my daily practices and the joy inside…
THE SUNRISE RUBY
In the early morning hour,
just before dawn, lover and beloved wake
and take a drink of water.
She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?
Really, tell the absolute truth.”
He says, “There’s nothing left of me.
I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
Is it still a stone, or a world
made of redness? It has no resistance
This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
and told the truth!
The ruby and the sunrise are one.
Be courageous and discipline yourself.
Completely become hearing and ear,
and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.
Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.
Congratulations on your 200th post…. And what an incredibly appropriate post it is!
“Keep digging your well…”. Wonderful imstruction for today, still wonderfully relevant. Timeless words. Thank you.
200 already, yay Alana. I love this poem, and I love how my life is unfolding…Thank you.
200 – WOW!!! Beautiful poem!