Think of Noah
Start your own project, Rumi advised.
As absurd as Noah’s. Ah, Noah!
Laboring daily in the sandy shade
of the ship’s hulk, not a drop to show
for all his devotion, his lofty
pronouncements and endeavors.
Far harder to ignore than the public’s derision –
his own self-opposition,
those habitual lapses of faith and resolve;
empty, arid days, dark nights of isolation
and confusion, the seductive arguments
for capitulation and abandonment.
And doubt – would it not all come down
to a great dusty naught?
Start your own project, Rumi advised,
constructed daily – an inward, sturdy vessel
contrary to your own and all apparent
worldly reason, wisdom and evidence.
O child of God, whenever you distrustyour God-directed duties, think of Noah.