LISTENING
(Rumi)

 

What is deep listening?  Sama is a greeting from the secret ones inside the heart, a letter.
The branches of your intelligence grow new leaves in the wind of this listening.
The body reaches a peace.  Rooster sound comes, reminding you of your love for dawn.
The reed flute and the singer’s lips
          the knack of how spirit breathes into us
          he comes as simple and ordinary as eating and drinking.
The dead rise with the pleasure of listening.
If someone can’t hear a trumpet melody, sprinkle dirt on his dead and declare him dead.

 

Listen, and feel the beauty of your separation, the unsayable absence.
here’s a moon inside every human being.
          Learn to be companions with it.
          Give more of your life to this listening.
As brightness is to time, so you are to the one who talks to the deep ear in your chest.
I should sell my tongue and buy a thousand ears when that one steps near and begins to speak.

RUMI
(translated by Coleman Barks)
from THE GLANCE:  Songs of Soul – Meeting