Saturday, February 14, 2009

That Lives in Us

Here's my Valentine to you:


If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.

If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land-
that sacred earth that is
your body.

If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.

Exuberant is existence, time a husk.

When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.

Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?

The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear- to our innocent follies.

Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.

You will come to see that all evolves us.

If you put your heart against the earth with me, in serving
every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm
and we will be, we will be
so happy.



  1. wow. have a super valentine's day dear syd!

  2. beautiful poem...

    happy valentines day!

  3. Beautifully Serene! Have a wonderous day today dear friend! (Hugs)Indigo

  4. Happy V-Day..................thanks for sharing that poem. Very Poignant.

  5. Thanks! My soul just got about 5 octaves quieter....Have a great day!

  6. I couldn't wish for a nicer Valentine card. Thanks, Syd, and have a happy one too.

  7. I love all kinds of blog material - I have a very eclectic taste. I love poetry. Love to write it and love to read it.

    Thanks for your poem, Syd. You are quite eclectic in your writing - traditions, experience/strength/hope, as well as poems. I love it all.

  8. Of course it would be you Syd who posts poetry by Rumi! Thank you, and Happy Valentines Day.jeNN

  9. You really DO have poetry on your blog today! Happy Valentine's Day Syd.

  10. Syd, this is perhaps the most beautiful invitation to surrender that I have ever experienced. I will print it and carry it with me. Thank you for the valentine and the act of love.


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