The chance of humming…Rumi


standing on two logs in a river
might do all right floating with the current
while humming in the

if one log is tied to a camel,
who is also heading south along the bank – at the same pace –
all could still be well
with the

unless the camel
thinks he forgot something, and
abruptly turns upstream,


Most minds
do not live in the present
and can stick to a reasonable plan; most minds abruptly turn
and undermine the



~ Rumi
translation by Daniel Ladinsky
from Love Poems from God



photograph by Rose Cook


On Looking At The Beginning Of A Lifetime

On Looking At The Beginning Of A Lifetime


All night, a growing sound

which opens the door

to allow a body through.


The day you were born

a mist rose from the river.

Seven swans flew over the bridge

their wings sounding damp air.


How can I write for you?

My heart is rapt, listening

to your soft breath.

We are still coming to ground.



poem and photo Rose Cook

(poem from Taking Flight by Rose Cook, pub Oversteps Books 2009)

A moment of happiness


A Moment of Happiness    by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi


A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden’s beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.



photograph Rose Cook

Spring blessings


Make the Ordinary Come Alive      by William Martin


Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.


From The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents



photograph Rose Cook