Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! In the spirit of Rumi - 20


I sang to My Beloved

O My Beloved –
how could I sing of the joy
of being closer to You
than Your breath…
than Your eyes…
than Your lips…

if Sorrow had not visited me? …

In the middle of the darkest night
in the cold midwinter of the heart,
a stranger knocked upon my door:
it was Sorrow, wrapped in blackest cloak.

I greeted Sorrow; bade come in;
ate bread with Sorrow and drank wine with it;
then with a smile, sent Sorrow on its way.

Now the sun has risen,
the dawn is like a world made new
and I have woken fresh
as if I had already washed.



[this one comes with a smile for Allie, who occasioned it...]

Submitted: Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Edited: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (! In the spirit of Rumi - 20 by Michael Shepherd )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  6. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  7. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, --
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Poetry Heaven, Kim Barney
  2. Thank You My Love, Margaret Alice Second
  3. My Dream, Michael P. McParland
  4. joshua trees hopping in the trunk of the.., Mandolyn ...
  5. my lovely lovely wife, Rasheed Alqahas
  6. Four Leaf Clover, Eve White
  7. Eric Gone Postal, Eve White
  8. Half-Breed or Racist, Eve White
  9. (Rock ballad) Hold on and letting go, Putri Misnia Shary Bahri (Sh ..
  10. Road Kill, Liilia Talts Morrison
[Hata Bildir]