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Poetry by Robert Stone: Where you draw the line

Where you draw the line
- a sonnet reflecting on a Rumi quotation: "Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you"
The entire universe is inside you,
the poet says and will not grant me leave
to feel a separated point of view.
Do not feel lonely, ask more and receive.

The who you are depends on where you draw
the line between the other and yourself.
To set on what you see, not what you saw,
requires rechoosing daily for your shelf.

Accumulations of the past can bulk
within your line and none will come inside.
But fast dash down the unexpected sulk
with forward looks and more will join your ride.

Expecting too much closeness lonely waits
and never loves the fearful at the gates.

- Robert Stone, 9 September 2012
The next previous Robert Stone poem: Poetry by Robert Stone: When Cool September

This story was posted on 2012-09-09 09:58:32
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