His poem, "The Gift of Water," is wonderful for writers -- or anyone who is feeling stuck. (See my post on the poem here, and the strange experience I had the following day.)
Today's Rumi poem works on many levels. You might find spirituality here, or you might recognize the connection with a dog you love.
This is Sam (full name: Samwise McBarkBark Shovan).
|Sam is my 11-year-old daughter's favorite photographic model.|
We adopted Sam from a local Schnauzer rescue nearly three years ago. He truly is my Love Dog, often calling me to sit with him when I'm feeling stressed. When the children are in school, and I have a long, lonely day of writing and editing at home, Sam is my buddy.
|Sam found a fledgling robin in our yard this spring. They made friends.|
Here is Coleman Barks reading Rumi's "Love Dogs."
So many children find comfort in their animal companions. A sad child might find comfort in this poem, too. Here are the last few stanzas of Rumi's "Love Dogs":
The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.
Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.
Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.
There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.
Give your life
to be one of them.
There is a book of poems for children on this subject, This Place I Know, selected by Georgia Heard.
Today's host is wonderful April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors, who knows much about the power of poetry to comfort.
Soon after I finished writing this post, I learned that poet Deborah Edelman passed away yesterday morning. Deborah was a member of our tight literary community here in Maryland and a contributor to Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems. "The grief you cry out of draws you toward union."