Zikr of Presence

Zikr of Presence
Monday May 18th 7:30pm
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

16 star

“How does 
a part of the world 
leave the world?

How does wetness
leave water?

Dont’ try to put out fire
by throwing on more fire!

Don’t wash a wound
with blood.

No matter how fast you run,
your shadow keeps up.

Sometimes it’s in front!

Only full overhead sun
diminishes your shadow.

But that shadow
has been serving you.

What hurts you,
blesses you.

is your candle.

Your boundaries
are your quest.

I could explain this,
but it will break
the glass cover
on your heart,
and there’s no fixing that.

You must have
shadow and light source

and lay your head
under the tree of awe.

When from that tree
feathers and wings
sprout on you,
be quieter than a dove.

Don’t even open your mouth
for even a coo.”
                          ~ Mevlana Jelal’uddin Rumi

The Soul of Rumi. Trans. Coleman Barks.