Friend Sits by Friend

^z 28th September 2023 at 8:37am

As translated/paraphrased/recreated by Coleman Barks, a Rumi fragment about true friendship:

A mouse and a frog meet every morning on the riverbank.
They sit in a nook of the ground and talk.

Each morning, the second they see each other,
they open easily, telling stories and dreams and secrets,
empty of any fear or suspicious holding-back.

To watch and listen to those two
is to understand how, as it's written,
sometimes when two beings come together,
Christ becomes visible.

The mouse starts laughing out a story he hasn't thought of
in five years, and the telling might take five years!
There's no blocking the speechflow-river-running-
all-carrying momentum
that true intimacy is.

Bitterness doesn't have a chance
with those two.

The God-messenger, Khidr, touches a roasted fish.
It leaps off the grill
back into the water.

Friend sits by Friend, and the tablets appear.
They read the mysteries
off each other's foreheads. ...

... Yes, and...

(from Mathnawi VI: 2632-..., in This Longing: Poetry, Teaching Stories, and Letters of Rumi; cf Meditation - Sound, Music, Silence (2014-10-06), The Pearl Buys Itself (2015-07-22), There's Nothing Ahead (2016-11-06), Be Ground (2016-12-27), In Your Light (2018-01-04), ...) - ^z - 2018-07-04