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