Delicate are you, and your vows are delicate, too

No, I wasn’t meant to love and be loved.
If I’d lived longer, I would have waited longer.

Knowing you are faithless keeps me alive and hungry.
Knowing you faithful would kill me with joy.

Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, trans. Vijay Seshadri (full text at Make Bright The Sparrows)

November 30, 2011. Tags: , , . boys, poetry, writing. Leave a comment.

A line of poetry written with a splash of blood

“True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys.”

— Yukio Mishima

November 14, 2011. Tags: . writing. Leave a comment.

A Mighty Kindness


Zero Circle
by: Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks)

Be helpless, dumbfounded,
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace
to gather us up.

We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty.
If we say we can, we’re lying.
If we say No, we don’t see it,
That No will behead us
And shut tight our window onto spirit.

So let us rather not be sure of anything,
Beside ourselves, and only that, so
Miraculous beings come running to help.
Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying finally,
With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
We shall be a mighty kindness.

 

Image from American Vogue, January 2011

November 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , . poetry, writing. Leave a comment.