The Way of Love Is Not

The way of love is not
a subtle argument.
The door there
is devastation.
Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall, and falling,
they’re given wings.
-Rumi
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  • Jenn

    Yaaay… I love Rumi!… this one is lengthy, but SO good.

    “Love resides
    not in learning
    not in knowledge
    not in pages and pamphlets

    Wherever the debates of men may lead
    that is not the lovers’ path.

    Love’s branches arch over pre-eternity
    its roots, you see, delve in Forever
    a tree resting not in soil
    not trunk
    not even Haven’s throne.

    We deposed reason,
    Punished passion with the lash:
    For such reason and such morals
    Were degrading to such glory.

    You see,
    So ong as you long
    You idolize longing;
    But become the beloved
    And then no being longs.

    The incessant hopes and fears
    Of the sea-faring man
    Float upon planks;

    But obliterate,
    Both planks and sea-faring man,
    And only submersion remains.”

  • Maryellen

    Just recently had my heart broken. It was one of the most painful and confusing experiences I have ever had. The most interesting part of the whole process, however, was falling more in love with myself. I was incredibly brave, it turns out, to have the courage to be available to someone else. Even though I lost the fantasy of what the relationship could have been, I have gained a greater appreciation for how the ability to be vulnerable generates strength. The deeper the devastation the stronger the opportunity to feel the power of love. I am so grateful to be available! Thank you for posting this poem…it reconfirms what I have learned.

  • dfg

    Sometimes you just have to accept that not all are meant to fly. The Lord, the Universe, has a mysterious bookkeeping in matters such as these.

    We use to say to each other before a mission ~ “Crash and Burn” ~ much like the theatrical “break a leg” but more so it meant ~ don’t be afraid if your number comes up – smile and say ok, this is the hand I’m dealt ~ let’s just see what’s next.

    The way of love is not about
    falling but landing after you fall and finding the courage to get up again and try yet one more time.