STILL YOU KEEP BREAKING THE SHELL

It’s the old rule that drunks have to argue

and get into fights.

The lover is just as bad.  He falls into a hole.  

But down in that hole he finds something shining,

worth more than any amount of money or power.  

 

Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street.  

I took it as a sign to start singing,

falling up into the bowl of sky.  

The bowl breaks.  Everywhere is falling everywhere.

Nothing else to do.

 

Here’s the new rule:  break the wineglass,

and fall into the glassblower’s breath.  

 

This that is tormented and very tired,

tortured with restraints like a madman,

this heart.

                  Still you keep breaking the shell

to get the taste of its kernel!

 

Rumi

(translated by Coleman Barks, et alia)

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