Unfold Your Own Myth
Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?
Who lets a bucket down and brings
up a flowing prophet? Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?
Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
And opens a door to the other world.
Solomon cuts open a fish, and there’s a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.
Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes the moment
of feeling the wings you’ve grown,
I dreamed I was a swan trying to take off from a lake and woke just as I was lifting into the air and as I woke I was left with the thought that it is quite difficult to leave the water and enter the air. I was exhausted from the effort and my arms ached. It was not long after this dream that I read this poem by Rumi. When you try and strive to be out of the way it has always been, when you go after your dreams, it may indeed be heavy and difficult but once you lift up and out of the past, you will find your future, you will find a path forward that feels like flying.
Awaken to the beauty which is your life. The heavy steps and the light ones.
Sometimes the encounter with beauty takes us out of ordinary boundaries, like the following poem. Enjoy and just let the words flow over you.
Swan, I’d like you to tell me you whole story!
Where you first appeared, and what dark sand you are going toward,
and where you sleep at night, and what you are looking for ……
It’s morning, swan, wake up, climb in the air, follow me!
I know of a country that spiritual flatness does not control, nor constant depression,
and those alive are not afraid to die.
There wildflowers come up through the leafy floor,
and the fragrance of “I am he” floats on the wind.
There the bee of the heart stays deep inside the flower,
and cares for no other thing.
Translated by Robert Bly
Vicki, March 25, 2009