Thursday, June 06, 2013

[Sunlight] "Drawn by Soup" -- Ghazal 2809



"Drawn by Soup"

I try to imagine the most sumptuous
meal: Bugra Khan, general of the

armies east of here, has an autumn
night banquet celebrating himself!

The archangel Gabriel arrives as
Abraham's guest, fatted calf roasting.

Then the perfect setting, unimaginary:
your voice at dawn and the fragrance

of soup. I follow the simmering that
pulls me into a light-filled kitchen.

I ask the cook for a taste. "This is
not for human beings." Please. You

strike my head with a skimming spoon;
mind drops away: true hospitality.

-- Ghazal 2809
Version by Coleman Barks
"The Soul of Rumi"
HarperSanFrancisco, 2001




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