Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday Poetry Blogging: Rumi

Come, come, whoever you are
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, come, whoever you are,
Even though you've broken your vows
a thousand times
Come, yet again,
Come.

I learned this poem at least a decade ago, in the interfaith community I belonged to. We used to chant it, dancing in circles; I always heard it as a generous, gracious welcome to a ragtag religious gathering. It's much more than that. It says to me now, "You are not an alien. You are not unworthy. We all bear our wounds, our scars, our imperfections, our shame. Nothing can scare us. Come, we are with you."

I gave thanks, below, for "people of refuge," those friends who calm me and help me reconnect with my own essential wholeness and goodness, and with God. The only redemptive value that I have found in my own recent rough patch, is the will to become a safe resting place for others. I believe we are all called to that work; there is so much brokenness, and the only way to heal it is with openness, gentleness, acceptance, and love.

Let me caution you, though, please. Welcoming others starts with welcoming yourself. You cannot give, what you haven't learned to receive. If you offer love, in good faith, and can't give it, you risk re-traumatizing the people you've conditioned to be close to you. (I know this, painfully well.) Ground yourself, in God and the earth and your loving circles. Work from that generosity, not your own. Let trust build, with time.

All blessings.

9 comments:

Paul said...

A great, welcoming, healing word from Rumi. And much wisdom on your own part.

lj said...

wonderful words:

Even though you've broken your vows
a thousand times
Come, yet again ...

This is how I feel so often as I go forward for communion. Thank God for the endless welcome.

Kirstin said...

Thank you, Buddhapalian. I'm learning.

lj: I love how you see this. Thank you.

MikeF said...

Thank you, Kirstin, truly. What you say needs to be repeated many times over the years, as we try and live that love in the many different places we find ourselves in with God.

The Rumi passages is just so "drenched in Grace"... like lj, I feel it to, always in our church, but acutely in Communion.

Thank you so much!

Mike

Max Rainey said...

Hey K! you have been tagged!

yours in the struggle,
max

Grandmère Mimi said...

Kirstin, yes, such lovely and healing words. "Come yet again."

God Junkie said...

I just found these words a few weeks ago, and they run through my heart and soul now each day. Bless you and your beautiful reflections.

Kirstin said...

Wow. Thank you, everyone. It's good to hear that what I'm finding has so much value for you also.

Blessings!

Este Gardner Cantor said...

Wow, Kirsten, its so funny that we used the very same poem- I am so interested in Rumi- what a breath of fresh air from an ancient source! Thanks for the note, and thanks for the wise words!
Este