Apparently I Was Taken Seriously


O love, O pure deep love, be here, be now

Be all; worlds dissolve into your stainless endless radiance,

Frail living leaves burn with you brighter than cold stars;

Make me your servant, your breath, your core.

—Rumi

When I asked to be love’s servant,

I was sent a spool and asked to coil the length

of the November’s wind. I was sent a net and told

to gather all the midday blue. I was asked to sieve

the moon’s reflection from the pond and then

to count the breaths between the dawn and

evening’s dim. Build a fire from stone. Put it out

with bare hand. Build a bridge with my spine.

Make a soup of tears. I did it. Did it laughing. Obeyed

every wish. Sit with silence, said love.

Sit with fear. Sit alone.

No work harder than nothing,

nothing to be done.

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