"I" in Ashes (Revised)

by Rula Shin

SEE the Sky
Behold the Birds
BE the Beloved Trees
YOU the Self-less SELF
Unmoving, undying, undone

Watch with great precision
The pattern within the pattern
Growing Infinitely small
Until the nameless Being
Vibrating deep within
Ignites a BLAZE!

Infinity to Nothing!
Nothing to LIFE!


Oh sorrowful soul!
Oh thought manifest!
Brilliance is blinding!

Source burns an imprint into my skull
The moment I depart from the moment
Life speaking through the char
A metaphor, a memory unalive

She is the dark
Energy of the mind
The Force unseen,
Unheard, unmeasured

She is One.
She is Zero.

She is the Real
And the Metaphor,
The FIRE and the ash

I push Her aside

But Life,
Though ashes
In this fleshy urn,

"I" in Ashes



Author's Note: Inspired by a friend's reading of Hafiz's poetry to me. Thank you Anish. :-)

Posted on 04/06/2011
Copyright © 2023 Rula Shin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Tom Goss on 04/06/11 at 02:38 PM

Go Rula! It's simply gorgeous how you utilize word economy and form to give this piece cosmic power. "I push Her aside Violently!" - just a favorite line of many! Bravo!

Posted by Mo Couts on 03/07/15 at 04:34 PM

Congrats on poem of the day, Rula! It's beautifully written!

Posted by George Hoerner on 06/22/17 at 01:41 AM

You have a fine friend if they can move to write like this! Well done lady.

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