STRETCHER FROM GRACE
Be helpless; dumbfounded.
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace to gather us up.
We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty.
If we say we can, we’re lying.
If we say No, we don’t see it.
That No will behead us
And shut tight the window onto spirit.
So let us rather not be sure of anything.
Beside ourselves, and only that,
Miraculous beings come running to help.
Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying finally,
With tremendous eloquence,
When we have totally surrrendered to that beauty,
We shall be a mighty kindness.
Rumi, from Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Edited by Roger Housden