TOGETHER THROUGH THE YEARS
It is for that moment when I might steady you so you
don't fall, I have added my blood to an inkwell.
Indelible now will be my mark on history's canvas and
upon any sincere debate of God where reason finally
And when you have the strength, you too may find
another to hold up.
They lean against each other in a storm, those cypresses
grown tall together . . . through the years.
If they had not trusted and protected one another the
way they do, they would not have survived
and given us their grace and shade -- a place for our
eyes to meet.
Our friendship can be like this: a needed lift, a sail,
a pillar, a springboard to taste the unfathomable.
It is to tend you as you come into being, like a new
world, that causes me to stay, gives me a purpose. Of
course I thank you for that . . . for letting me help.
*Rumi poem, found in collection of 100 poems translated by Daniel Ladinsky.