Written for:  Carpe Diem 1398 – Purity  (Rumi)


A certain Sufi tore his robe in grief,
and the tearing brought such relief he gave the robe
the name faraji, which means ripped open,

or happiness, or one who brings the joy
of being opened. It comes from the stem faraj,
which also refers to the genitals, male and female.

His teacher understood the purity of the action,
while others just saw the ragged appearance.

If you want peace and purity, tear away
the coverings! This is the purpose of emotion,
to let a streaming beauty flow through you.

Call it spirit, elixir, or the original agreement
between yourself and God. Opening into that
gives peace, a song of being empty, pure silence.

© Rumi (Taken from The Book of Love by Coleman Barks)

Here is my attempt:

veneer of cynic
polishes her face and hands
alone, she weeps
wants to unmask her layers
leaving bare her truth, her soul


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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  1. Being should be just that, being.


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