Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Amos Lee - Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight (Live @ Abbey Road)

"The Many Wines"

God has given us a dark wine so potent that,
drinking it, we leave the two worlds.

God has put into the form of hashish a power
to deliver the taster from self-consciousness.

God has made sleep so that
it erases every thought.

God made Majnun love Layla so much that
just her dog would cause confusion in him.

There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.

Don't think all ecstacies
are the same!

Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.

Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars.

Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.

Be a connoisseur,
and taste with caution.

Any wine will get you high.
Judge like a king, and choose the purest,

the ones unadulterated with fear,
or some urgency about "what's needed."

Drink the wine that moves you
as a camel moves when it's been untied,
and is just ambling about.

Coleman Barks
One-Handed Basket Weaving
Maypop, October 1992
(Based on Nicholson's translation of the Mathnawi, IV, 2683-2696.)


Anonymous said...

Wow. Recognized this. Made me smile.


Janet said...

sometimes we forget:-)