Think of Noah
Start your own project, Rumi advised.
As absurd as 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.
His self-opposition far harder to ignore
than the public’s derision, those habitual lapses
of faith and resolve – empty, arid days,
nights of isolation and confusion,
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 –
the ribs of an inward, sturdy vessel
contrary to your own and all apparent
worldly reason, wisdom and evidence.
O child of God, whenever you distrust
your inner God-directed duties, think of Noah.