When I Had No Thought I Waited

Rumi

Rumi

21 October 2013
9:41 pm
Edinburgh

T. —

I fought with my internet today. I fought with this blog post, which wanted to be all italicized. I fought with anxiety and expectation and responsibilities. And then I gave myself a day off from all of it.

I feel tired, but better for not fighting everything anymore.

Letters are great tools of interpretation.

Samurai Song
Robert Pinksy

When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.

When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.

When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No mother I embraced order.

When I had no friend I made
Quiet my friend. When I had no
Enemy I opposed my body.

When I had no temple I made
My voice my temple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.

When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Nothing, death will be my fortune.

Need is my tactic, detachment
Is my strategy. When I had
No lover I courted my sleep.

*

Goodnight,
M

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