Treasure Island

Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! In the spirit of Rumi - 25


I said to My Beloved
Tell me the measure of truth
My Beloved said
Tell me first what you know of truth

‘One and one make two,
- as You and I’
My Beloved said
Tell me more of truth

‘Love draws me to You
as the white moth to the candle’s flame’
My Beloved said
Tell me more of truth

‘Love makes You and me
into one single perfect love’
My Beloved said
This is the measure of truth
which is immeasurable:

the greater the truth
the less it can be measured;
the greater the truth
the deeper it may be experienced;

this is its measure: its experience.
Truth has no other measure,
for only love can measure truth.

Submitted: Saturday, April 28, 2007
Edited: Saturday, February 19, 2011

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  • Scarlett Treat (4/28/2007 10:10:00 AM)

    The depth of the statement, 'This is the measure of truth which is immeasurable:
    the greater the truth, the less it can be measured' just blows me away. Powerful, insightful writing here, my good friend. Beautiful, as well. (Report) Reply

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