Rumi: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart

Rumi: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart

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ISBN-13: 9780061338168
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/18/2007
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 235,425
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and the bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, Rumi: The Big Red Book, The Soul of Rumi, Rumi: The Book of Love, and The Drowned Book. He was prominently featured in both of Bill Moyers' PBS television series on poetry, The Language of Life and Fooling with Words. He taught English and poetry at the University of Georgia for thirty years, and he now focuses on writing, readings, and performances.

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Rumi: Bridge to the Soul
Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart

Chapter One

A Bowl Fallen From the Roof

You that give new life to this planet,
you that transcend logic, come. I am only
an arrow. Fill your bow with me and let fly.

Because of this love for you
my bowl has fallen from the roof.
Put down a ladder and collect the pieces, please.

People ask, But which roof is your roof?
I answer, Wherever the soul came from
and wherever it goes at night, my roof
is in that direction.

From wherever spring arrives to heal the ground,
from wherever searching rises in a human being.

The looking itself is a trace
of what we are looking for.

But we have been more like the man
who sits on his donkey
and asks the donkey where to go.

Be quiet now and wait.
It may be that the ocean one,
the one we desire so to move into and become,
desires us out here on land a little longer,
going our sundry roads to the shore.

Rumi: Bridge to the Soul
Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart
. Copyright © by Coleman Barks. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Collectively, the prose in this book is beyond outstanding. Individually, you have a taste of prose that is far beyond the norm of creative composition. A wonderful gift and a do not pass.
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