Michael Shepherd

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! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 50 - One Thing

Oh the pleasure, the happiness,
the delight, the joy, the bliss,
of doing just one thing above all!

When I was a child, I did many things;
that’s right for children – there’s the world,
go play in it; ask, what’s a horizon? but what
lies beyond? and why can’t I see angels
if angels can see me? …

When I was a young man, I did many things;
that’s right for young men – which one will I love?
which one will love me? And when we’ve together found our love,
oh what then? and oh what then?

But now I’m older, there seems less time
for many things; they will look after themselves
without my help… so, what delight
to give oneself to just one thing…
one thing at a time; and then
one thing…

and it seems, it doesn’t matter what;
roses need an expert to collaborate
in dreaming up new beauty from an older stock;
dogs need exercise, and a two-legs to look up to;
grandchildren are born to love grandparents
in a special way..

and, duties done, and hearts served well,
one thing…it might be poetry,
in which to say, look, all this
I’ve received: here’s recognition,
acknowledgement, and gratitude…

and the other things, like sleeping, eating,
become day by day like living in someone else’s poem;
someone else committed to one thing…

and then one day, perhaps,
life’s curtain twitches; and some great being
looks in the window, the very moment you look out;
and ‘one thing’, in the most natural way,

Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 20, 2007
Poem Edited: Monday, February 28, 2011

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Comments about ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 50 - One Thing by Michael Shepherd

  • Margery Rehman (6/3/2007 3:35:00 AM)

    This is such a moving poem and really stretches out to me as a reader with its truth and poignancy. So well written, so quietly put.
    Warm regards,

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (5/20/2007 11:33:00 AM)

    M........... mnnnnnnnn... I love your intelligence and of course you. You make your devoted readership THINK. t x

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