Out Beyond; a Glosa

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.
Rumi, 13th Century Poet

Many clutch too tightly to their beliefs
of what is right and what is wrong.
It pushes them away from the community
with others and inflicts discord and chafing.
The intolerance that is born can escalate
and that discomfort can grow unhealed.
Do you not see that beliefs can expand
to embrace and allow a space for all?
Compassion gifts our soul to yield.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.

Surrender, open, soften your ways.
There is never harm in acceptance.
Reach out and encircle your brethren.
Let the fierce grip on your beliefs fall away,
and feel your heart relax as you realize
the folly of negating how you really care.
Cultivate joy and give up willfulness
that only seeks to set up barriers.
Seek within that place that joins and where
right and wrong unite. I’ll meet you there.

The field is rife with flora and fauna,
all cohabitating in combined balance.
This microcosmic life mirrors all of
creation from the unseen particles to
the largest, all working in tandem,
cooperating in blissful silence. Cast out
disharmony and reside in the perfect peace
that the soul affirms with your every breath.
Rest in grace–all is well, have no doubt.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.

It is then that you will know that there is no separation.
Nothing is ever said or done without repercussions
being felt by all. There is nothing apart from ourselves.
Ideas that we formulate and that we hold so dear are
nothing but wisps of illusions crafted out of unawareness.
Instead, let’s fashion our world out of light beginning hence.
Our truth lies in our spirit, empty of the ways of grasping
after meaningless thoughts and words that bind and trap.
Life is freedom! Let go, let go, of that which holds tense!
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.

Join us with our host Abhra at dVerse Poets for Open Link Night:  http://dversepoets.com/2016/01/07/open-link-night-163/

My thanks to Bjorn who inspired me with his beautiful Glosa to give it a try.

 

 

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  1. Gayle this is absolutely gorgeous.. the meaning in expanding the wisdom of Rumi’s words… Glosa is like being in collaboration with the masters, and make us really listen to the words.. so many great turns in this… It’s really time to do a glosa prompt (but it does take some time to write)

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    • Thanks so much, Bjorn. I loved writing this and ended up writing another one too. And I love that idea of being in collaboration with the Masters. This form really does take some dedication and time to accomplish. Maybe we’ll see who’s up for the challenge some day.

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  2. What a beautiful inspiring post Gayle.. so loved every word..

    “Reach out and encircle your brethren.
    Let the fierce grip on your beliefs fall away,
    and feel your heart relax as you realize
    the folly of negating how you really care.”

    Excellent!… May we all reach out and reach into our Hearts!..

    Happy 2016 and beyond Gayle.. Love Sue xx

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  3. Love this – so right of you to say that some of us hold on too tight to our views:

    Our truth lies in our spirit, empty of the ways of grasping
    after meaningless thoughts and words that bind and trap.

    Wonderfully profound!!

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  4. Glenn Buttkus

     /  January 7, 2016

    I always love Rumi, the spirit & wisdom rules. This is a heartfelt plea that will not create harmony with the dark souls, the KKK, ISIS, N. Korea, John Birchers, etc. Their hatreds are too ingrown to be excised by loving thoughts; but still I applaud your effort. I like the lines
    /do you not see that beliefs can expand/to embrace & allow space (love internal rhyme) for all?/.

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    • I’m aware that there are many who will not be moved by my words (or Rumi’s) but I speak from my heart with sincerity…that’s the best I can do. Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. As the universe expands, so must we. Your lesson inspired by Rumi is just right.

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  6. Kudoes to you for pulling off this tough and challenging form ~ This part resonated with me:

    It is then that you will know that there is no separation.
    Nothing is ever said or done without repercussions
    being felt by all. There is nothing apart from ourselves.

    I admire the wisdom of Rumi’s verses and your response on idea of community and togetherness ~

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  7. I’ll meet you in that field…

    A moving piece of work, Gayle.

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  8. At a point in my life
    i could not imagine
    what it would be now
    not to see beauty
    in Nature for
    that to be
    enough
    for me..
    some folks
    just don’t feel it
    as it is not a given..
    now as Love.. Beauty
    is a force of emotion sadly
    that not all share.. so now
    even the dark among us
    must be understood and
    even accepted for us
    to accept
    it all
    as is..
    and do what
    we can to bring
    fields of dreams
    a place where
    where beauty
    and Love
    can live
    for
    more..
    to never
    find meaning
    and purpose in
    just living is the
    farthest thing
    away
    from
    Living
    at all..
    and truly most
    fear and hate starts
    in the unloving arms
    and hearts of parents
    well before age three
    or any
    words
    at all..
    the enemy most
    often is gone
    and that
    is
    Lack
    of
    Love
    my friend..
    so long ago..:)

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  9. Beautiful poem!

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  10. So agree with the sentiment behind this glosa – and the way you expanded on Rumi’s words. I like that image of clutching and straining contrasting with the flow and freedom of the field beyond.

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  11. scotthastiepoet

     /  January 8, 2016

    Hiya Gayle, Tenderly and beautifully rendered and you so get it… Forever an inspiration to us all, Rumi himself I’m sure would be smiling at this x

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  12. This is so interesting and the wisdom of Rumi shines through you. Am just reading a book the 40 rules of love about the meeting of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz. Fiction by a Turkish woman writer Elif Shafak.

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  13. Many clutch too tightly to their beliefs
    of what is right and what is wrong.
    It pushes them away from the community
    with others and inflicts discord

    Very wise words Gayle! One tends to be dogmatic without possibility of some compromise. It makes it so stiff to deal against such elements that it is often regressive. A classic glosa a difficult form and you’ve done it. Great!

    Hank

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    • Thank you, Hank! Yes, when we become too rigid and dogmatic it can make us closed off to connecting with others. I appreciate your great comment.
      Gayle ~

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  14. The opening stanza is gorgeous. It is sensitive.. slowly gaining momentum on the last stanza. Freedom indeed. The form seems very difficult but the flow of your words is very natural.

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  15. The combination of Rumi and the glosa form combine to make an outstanding poem. Lovely.

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  16. You speak of an ideal world. An utopia. If only …
    Regarding the glosa as a form to write to for a future prompt: maybe give people a month’s notice or thereabout? I’ve tried to do one and failed miserably so far.

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    • I doubt that we’ll actually achieve a world such as that… Yeah, I agree, maybe a month’s notice! I accomplished two of them over our break. 🙂

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  17. How effectively you use the form and with such a message we would wish to share with every living soul on earth. The heart of each of us must yearn for this and yet fear and prejudice turns people out of this field of peace onto the fields of war. I wish everyone could read this, process this and unify in peace. Beautiful.

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  18. I love this poem, every word of it, love the quote and how you wove it into the poem….there is a field….if only we would all meet each other there. One of your best, my friend.

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  19. What a wonderful quote you used and how beautifully you expanded it.
    “It is then that you will know that there is no separation.
    Nothing is ever said or done without repercussions
    being felt by all. There is nothing apart from ourselves.”
    So very true and wise. Happy New Year!

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  20. I so agree that there is a field where I and Thou, me and world, one world and another, Democrat and Republican, human and animal both share, a place belonging to neither but is shared and the only place where we can learn to live together. “Each other” fades in the language of that field, but the getting there is so difficult … Well done.

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  21. Gayle, there is so much wisdom in this. You chose Rumi and expanded on the beauty of his words with a lesson that so badly needs to be shared in our world today. Just savored this. And well done with the difficult form.

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    • I’m so glad you liked this, Victoria. Rumi’s words were such an inspiration to work with. It made the words flow out of my heart pretty easily. Thank you.

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  22. Your piece has a brilliant start and a very soothing journey. Glad to see you like Rumy – ever since I read him, I have been a great fan.

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  23. I like Björn’s comment on this. In addition to being collaboration, it is also conversation. Through this glosa, I’m sure you have a deeper understanding of Rumi. Nicely done.

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  24. what beautiful and peaceful words.
    felt like a meditation to read this!
    i love it.

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  25. Anonymous

     /  January 11, 2016

    I like it. Kind of like a “troiku”, just bigger. Very good.

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  26. The original quote is one of my favourites, Gayle, particularly poignant in the light of an on~going family rift. I love the way that you’ve expanded it, adding your interpretation to the underlying philosophy that we are all one. 🙂

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    • Mine too, Jacqueline. I’m sorry to hear of your family rift. Quotes such as this one can help us put things in perspective though can’t they. And thanks so much for your visit.

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  27. Beautiful!

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