Rumi's Field

Beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I will meet you there. Jalaluddin Rumi

I had a favourite t shirt with this Rumi quote printed on it. This was one of my favourite garments and I wore it until the letters faded so much they were indecipherable and my shirt was raggedy. Here's my poem, 'The Four Fields', which I wrote on a day of trial and tribulation.

The Four Fields

On a spring evening I find four fields in my heart. I walk into the first field

it is called Jeopardy. Then I walk on into a field of sadness.

This one draws me across in an irrevocable line into the third

where the sun is setting. A voice in here says this is The End.

But I see a fourth gate wide open with you standing beside it.

This is the field beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing where we meet.

There are two reasons I'm prompted to write a post about this poem. The first is that it has just appeared as an Easter guest poem on the Acumen poetry website. This is a considerable honour.

The second reason is because it was almost accepted, previously, by another magaz