Michael Shepherd
Marton, Lancashire
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! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 71 - In Praise Of Metaphor

Rating: 2.8
It’s not a playground where
you run around shouting
without noticing whether
there’s a listener

or a playgroup where
there’s paper, paste, scissors,
all over the place,
thoughts pasted on thoughts,
without noticing anyone else

no, it’s some specific calling,
saying, see that far-off other?
we’re related; see us as together,
your surprise may tell you
about that vastness –

maybe, awe, wonder, beauty,
wisdom, truth…goodness…

so treat me, metaphor,
as if god’s priest:
respectfully, sparingly, carefully;
as you would look at twins,
each sleeping, but holding hands;

love requires that
Patrick Toland 02 October 2007
This is excellent Michael - human, humble and attentive - reminds of that poem that suggests everything will come to an end, when we have compared every thing to everything else.
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Angela Barker 02 October 2007
What a beautiful poem. I loved the imagery and use of metaphors.
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