This Phenomenal Cage Called Life

by ♠Ana Cristina♥
originally published at 02:06AM on Sunday, November 04, 2007

Poem by Rumi

The wakened lover speaks directly to the beloved,
“You are the sky my spirit circles in,
the love inside of love, the resurrection-place.

Let this window be your ear.
I have lost consciousness many times
with longing for your listening silence,
and your life-quickening smile.

You give attention to the smallest matters,
my suspicious doubts, and to the greatest.

You know my coins are counterfeit,
but you accept them anyway,
my impudence and my pretending!

First, when I was apart from you,
this world did not exist,
nor any other.
Second, whatever I was looking for
was always you.

This is the true religion. All others
are thrown-away bandages beside it.

Neither words, nor any natural fact
can express this.

I know these dancers.
Day and night I sing their songs
in this phenomenal cage.

My soul, don’t try to answer now!
Find a friend, and hide.

But what can stay hidden?
Love’s secret is always lifting its head
out from under the covers,
“Here I am!”




  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    This poem was a big inspiration for this series and I think it fits in quite nicely at this juncture.