Thursday, August 14, 2008

Be a Love Dog

For many years I have been inspired by the poetry and teaching of the great Sufi mystic Rumi. His poem Love Dogs has been a continual wellspring of inspiration, and I have secretly sought ways to connect with the message in this poem and give back what I have received.

In my Etsy store and on this blog I want to bring awareness to the beauty of the human spirit, highlighting movements of social change. Each month I will donate 10% of my earnings from Hint Jewelry to a non-profit organization that I will feature on my blog.
Love Dogs

One night a man was crying,
Allah! Allah!
His lips grew sweet with the praising,
until a cynic said,
"So! I have heard you
calling out, but have you ever
gotten any response?"

The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.

He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.
"Why did you stop praising?"
"Because I've never heard anything back."
"This longing 
you express is the return message."

The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them.

Jalal Al-Din Rumi Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne

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