A Choice

May 7th

During a morning walk through the garden, watering the plants and thinking of the day ahead, I found myself wrapped in the words of Rumi.

Bougainvillea takes over

We will be pumpkins when we grow up!

Flowering basil

Good morning, sun.

To be fried!

Stay bewildered in God,

and only that.

Those of you who are scattered,

simplify your worrying lives. There is one
righteousness: Water the fruit trees,
and don’t water the thorns. Be generous
to what nurtures the spirit and God’s luminous
reason-light. Don’t honor what causes
dysentery and knotted-up tumors.

Don’t feed both sides of yourself equally.
The spirit and the body carry different loads
and require different attentions.

Too often

we put saddlebags on Jesus and let the donkey
run loose in the pasture.

Don’t make the body do
what the spirit does best, and don’t put a big load

on the spirit that the body could carry easily.

Pear tomatoes

Good morning, gorgeous

Time to pick you, me thinks

“Wherever you are, whatever you do, be in love.”
Or as my mom would say, “bloom where you are planted.” Today, I choose happiness.

I find it fascinating Rumi was Muslim, but spent much of his poetry discussion Christianity. He was actually from Italy, but once he landed in Turkey was given the name “Rumi” which means “from Rome.”

I am so enjoying the poems you’ve sent. One of my girlfriends is a librarian and she has a mad passion for poetry. She was explaining how she celebrates “poems in your pocket” day at her school. She hands poems out to students in the hopes of spurring their interest. When I found a Pablo Neruda sonnet in my planner as a meeting was drawing to a close yesterday, I read it aloud a colleague. He looked at me as though I’d lost my mind, but I doubt he’ll soon forget it.


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13 Responses

  1. I see you have found a new passion in poetry. I like poems but often feel like I don’t get them or miss the true meaning. But, I make my own interpretation and especially appreciate inspiring messages. That bougainvillea pic at top is so pretty!

  2. Those are some very Buddhist thoughts as well. Thich Nhat Hahn talks about ‘touching’ the good in your life and becoming safe in that before attempting to change the bad.

  3. MMmmm….so soothing, both photos and pics.

  4. My mom too often says that we choose to be happy. I need to choose this over the alternative. I found a greeting card that says “I most often find that happiness is right where I plant it.” Someday I am going to quilt that but now I framed the card and it hangs next to my bed, with pictures of my family. Like the poem, thanks for screening it. You have some really great looking basil, tomatoes, etc. We have not planted outside yet here in Denver.

  5. Pretty photos, I especially like #4. I’ve seen a few other bloggers quoting Rumi of late, very lovely sentiments.

  6. WOW what a neat poem Kelli! Love the pictures of your garden.

  7. Beautiful post (that rings a pretty big bell over here).
    Just like Julie, in the comment above, I need to choose to be happy over the alternative. It definitely tales practice !

    Your garden looks so beautiful ! (those still green tomatoes, full of promises !)

    Have a lovely day everyone.

  8. Wonderful thought for the day. I am a poetry nut. I’ll have to share that Rumi poem on my site too…I know some people who could really use it right now! On a similar note, have you read the book “What Happy People Know”? I read it several years ago and haven’t wasted a single day being depressed since, it really is a choice, every day to be happy πŸ™‚

  9. Your garden grows beautifully Kelli, so enjoyed the stroll through it. I love poetry and used to wrote it when I was younger. Yes, I believe that happiness is a choice as well. Inspiring post.

  10. I’m not a poetry fan, but sometime I found myself lost in some lyrics, especially when I’m looking at a calm sea or lake or, as the last time, sitting behind my husband on a bike trip through beautiful, green and peaceful mountains, staring at the splendor of the Creation…..

  11. Another beautiful post – you are really inspiring me with this poetry! I am hoping for a quiet Sunday with my sewing machine and Krista Tippett. =)

  12. Thanks for a thoughtful and beautiful post! Love the poem!

  13. Inspiring as always. Thank you for writing this blog. I even blogged about it in my blog! πŸ™‚