The Heart of the Matter
July 24, 2009
Kabir, Duke Ellington, and the Swing

twin trees.jpg

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing; all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees, and it never winds down.

Angels, animals, humans, insects by the millions, also the wheeling sun and moon; ages go by, and it goes on.

Everything is swinging; heaven, earth, water, fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body.

Kabir saw that for 15 seconds, and it made him a servant for life.

Painting: Rachel Clearfield
Translation: Robert Bly

Five minutes after posting this poem, I turned on the radio. Guess what was playing? Duke Ellington's It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing. I kid you, not.

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at July 24, 2009 01:16 PM


Ain't synchronicity great?!

Posted by: j bhutu-ji [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 12, 2008 03:10 AM

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