Tending Two Shops

A number of folks have requested the poem I read last week in class.  It speaks beautifully to the relative and absolute worlds we navigate.

Tending Two Shops

Don't run around this world looking for a hole to hide in.

There are wild beasts in every cave ! If you live with mice, the cat claws will find you.

The only real rest comes when you're alone with God.

Live in the no where that you came from, even though you have an address here.

You have eyes that see from that no where, and eyes that judge distances, how high and how low. You own two shops, and you run back and forth.

Try to close the one that's a fearful trap getting always smaller, checkmate, this way, checkmate that.

Keep open the shop where you're not selling fishhooks anymore. You Are the free swimming fish.

- Rumi