Not Here

There’s courage involved if you want

to become truth.  There is a broken-


open place in a lover.  Where are

those qualities of bravery and sharp


compassion in this group?  What’s the

use of old and frozen thought?  I want


a howling hurt.  This is not a treasury

where gold is stored; this is for copper.


We alchemists look for talent that

can heat up and change.  Lukewarm


won’t do. Halfhearted holding back,

well-enough getting by?  Not here.


From Soul of Rumi

by Coleman Barks

One Response to “Not Here”
  1. It’s worth every penny, that howling hurt.

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