For the Writer

Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is out there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.

rumi, “the sunrise ruby”
trans. coleman barks

Art: Konstantinos Maleas, The Old Well (1923).

3 responses to “For the Writer”

  1. helenl Avatar

    Hi Eve, Hope you are doing okay. I don’t mean to imply that all is as should be after your husband’s death; I mean I hope your are all right so that you can cope as time goes on. I think of you often. Love, Helen

  2. Matt Avatar

    What a great synchronicity! I just watched the Richard Tarnas video “The Art of Writing” yesterday and heard him read this poem and now I have stumbled across it on your blog unintentionally even though I had intended to Google it at some point today.

  3. Irene Avatar

    Really, truly, exactly the message I needed in this moment. Thank you Eve. I haven’t really read any Rumi. It’s so easy to get caught up with everything you must do in everyday living, so that ‘everyday practice’ gets gently, guiltily, pushed to ‘tomorrow’. And yet, when I make the time, and effort, I am so much more balanced and content. Rumi’s message of the loyalty required that brings the ‘ring on the door’ brings me running back.

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