Eternal Joy

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Like flowers and grasses, bow your lips to the stream
drink of life forces that flow unfettered

O my heart-friends, taste deep of Eternal Joy!
so that your countenance will inspire joy in others

Here where wine dances and soul-music plays
enjoy the pleasures of your finite human form

Speculation and grief find no life or support
awaken the joy of living a generous spirit

NaPoWriMo 

Day 18 prompt: First, find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with). Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line. Now write a line of your own that completes the thought of that single line you can see, or otherwise responds to it. Now move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem, and write the second line of your new poem to complete/respond to this second-to-last line. Keep going, uncovering and writing, until you get to the first line of your source poem, which you will complete/respond to as the last line of your new poem. It might not be a finished draft, but hopefully it at least contains the seeds of one.

I used a poem by Rumi called “Eternal Joy” as the basis for this exercise.


Eternal Joy

Speculation and grief find no life or support
Here where wine dances and soul-music plays.
O my heart-friends, taste deep of Eternal Joy!
Like flowers and grasses, bow your lips to the stream.– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Photo taken of Rouge River running through Firefighters Park in Troy, MI, USA

5 thoughts on “Eternal Joy

    1. It was an interesting prompt. Because Rumi used such different language than I do, the responses that I wrote seemed very different from my ‘normal’ style. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Rumi is one of my favorites but I was unfamiliar with this one. The photo is a creek in a park near my house. If you look carefully, you can see a heron at the farthest point in the creek before it bends into the trees.

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