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Friday, July 21, 2017
Rumi's Poem "An Empty Garlic" from about 740 Years Ago is like Our Outdated Carbon Addiction
An Empty Garlic
You miss the garden, because you want a small fig from a random tree. You don't meet the beautiful woman. You're joking with an old crone. It makes me want to cry how she detains you, stinking mouthed, with a hundred talons, putting her head over the roof edge to call down, tasteless fig, fold over fold, empty as dry-rotten garlic.
She has you tight by the belt, even though there's no flower and no milk inside her body. Death will open your eyes to what her face is: Leather spine of a black lizard. No more advice.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.