Friday, October 5, 2018

Think of Noah

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 distrust
your God-directed duties, think of Noah. 

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