Category Archives: Poetry

THE INVITATION by Oriah

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Excerpt from THE INVITATION by Oriah

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
 for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me
 what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
 if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and
closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know
 if you can sit with pain
 mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wilderness
and let the ecstasy fill you
 to the tips of your fingers and toes
 without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
 of being human.
It doesn’t interest me
 if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it’s not pretty,
every day.
 And if you can source your own life
 from its presence.
I want to know
if you can live with failure,
yours and mine,
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
 “Yes”
It doesn’t interest me
 to know where you live
 or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
 weary and bruised to the bone
 and do what needs to be done
 to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
 I want to know if you will stand
 in the center of the fire
with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
 you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
 from the inside
 when all else falls away.
I want to know
 if you can be alone
 with yourself
and if you truly like
 the company you keep
 in the empty moments.
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By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
(The Invitation was published by HarperONE, San Francisco in the spring of 1999. 
It became a best‐seller and has been translated into over fifteen languages around the world.)

Divine Dance of life

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A poem which speaks of reverence to life and dancing in its sheer joy

PRAYER by Ruth Calder Murphy

Prayer

I will dance the dance of the ocean.
I will dance the dance of the trees.
I will dance with the surf-capped waves
and the breeze-crazed leaves.
I will dance the dance of the meadow,
the dance of the mountaintops,
I will dance with the blood-red poppies
and the lichened rocks.
I will dance the dance of moonlight,
I will dance where sunbeams play;
I will dance with the stars at midnight
and with the golden day.
I will dance the dance of living,
I will dance the dance of prayer.
I will dance to the dancing centre
and meet you there

Just this is enough for me

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Heard this song recently and cant get it out of my mind now. Happens to us all sometimes, doesnt it!

Lyrics translated : http://dunkdaft.blogspot.in/2012/12/moongil-thottam-kadal-lyrics-meaning.html

Moongil Thottam moozhigai vaasam
neranja mounam nee paadum geedham

Bamboo Garden
with herbal fragrance
filled with Silence
and I hear you singing

pournami iravu, pani vilum kaadu
othayadi paadha un kooda podinada

It’s a full moon night
In a forest full of snowfall
I am walking with you slowly
In a narrow foot path…

Idhu podhum ennaku idhu podhumey
verenna venum nee podhumey (2)

This is enough for me…Just this is enough for me…
Is there anything more that I could ask for…This is enough for me!

Moongil Thottam moozhiga vaasam
neranja mounam nee paadum geedham

Kolathaan karaiyila kulikkum paravaiga
Siraga ulakkmey thuliga aerikkumey
Munkobam viduthu mundhaana yeduthu
nee enna thudaika naan unna anaikka

Birds bathing in a pond
Shook the water out of it’s wings
Without any offense
you wipe the water off me with your Saree
And I hug you…

Idhu podhum ennaku idhu podhumey
verenna venum nee podhumey (2)

This is enough for me…Just this is enough for me…
Is there anything more that I could ask for…This is enough for me!

Marangal nadungum margazhi irukka
raththam urayum kulirum nirutha
ushnam yaasika udala irukka
otha porvaila iruvarum nerunga

It’s December
And trees tremble
It’s cold
And blood would clot
As we crave for the warmth
we see ourselves together in a blanket…

Idhu podhum ennaku idhu podhumey
verenna venum nee podhumey (2)

Moongil Thottam moozhiga vaasam
neranja mounam nee paadum geedham
pournami iravu pani vilum kaadu
othayadi paadha un kooda podinada

Idhu podhum ennaku idhu podhumey
verenna venum nee podhumey