1. Birdwings (Rumi)
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One day a friend handed me "The Essential Rumi" in a coffee shop, pointed to "Birdwings" and said "Here. Read this." It was love at first read. Memorized the poem. Cried over it a thousand times. Put it to music.


Rumi Poem
Translation by Coleman Barks

Your grief for what you've lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here's the joyful face you've been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.