This is the thirty-fourth issue of Voices From the Past. My goal for each issue is to publish some highlights of one of my historical stories as well as an update on my activities. Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to anyone you think might be interested.
Poems by Rumi
For a change of pace, I thought Iíd share some of my favorite poems with you. Rumi is currently one of the most popular poets in the U.S. today.
THE GUEST HOUSE
human is a guest house.
A teaching story translated by Coleman Barks
When the Ramadan banner flies,
Soul restrains nature,
So it can taste its own food.
The strength of horses and the intensity of fire,
These are the powers of sacrifice.
Fasting, we honor the guest.
Clouds of courage give rain,
Because it was in this month that the Qur'an rained down,
Light through an opening.
Grab the rope,
And be lifted out of the body's pit.
Announce to Egypt that Joseph of Canaan has come.
Jesus dismounts the donkey,
And the sacrament table descends.
Wash your hands. Wash your face.
Do not eat or speak as you normally do.