asleep, awake

photo-20Asleep, I swing on a pendulum
caught between
heaven and earth
ecstasy and agony
love and fear

I breath and become air
I see and become earth
I hear and become song
I feel and become river

Asleep, I search for meaning
…..Uncertain there is any

The pendulum swings
…..My left side is pain
…..My right side is joy

Awake, the pendulum stills
…..The words cease

Not breathing, I am nothing
Not seeing, I am empty
Not hearing, I am silence
Not feeling, I am peace

“Gently, gently he whispered,
‘Be quiet,
the secret cannot be spoken,
it is wrapped in silence.’”
Rumi, Whispers of the Beloved, Translated by Mafi and Azima Malita Kolin

© 2014, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved