A Response to Rumi
– by Barbara Heagy – July 22, 2018 –
– by Rumi –
There’s courage involved if you want
Where are those qualities of bravery and
I want a howling hurt.
We alchemists look for talent that can heat
Half-hearted holding back, well-enough
– by Barbara Heagy –
I have stood strong and full of courage
Copper and gold are not for me.
I am not half-hearted.
Empty-hearted, holding back,
Your challenge has depleted me,
Well, F’ you, Rumi.
Artist Statement – Barbara Heagy
My poem “Not Me”was written in response to the poet Rumi’s poem “Not Here” at Kat McNichol’s “Writing to Heal” workshop in Eden Mills.
When the poem was introduced to us by Kat, I had such a negative internal response that I decided I should just deal with it in a written response. The result, created in five minutes, showed me the level of anger and weariness I had in dealing with the grief of my deceased husband and love of my life.
About the Author – Barbara Heagy
Barbara Heagy is the author of the inspirational memoir 10 – A Story of Love, Life, and Loss and co-author of Good Grief People, an anthology of stories and poems about grief and hope. Since the age of seventeen, she has been filling empty journals and notebooks with her thoughts, musing, and life experiences, while writing plays, poetry, essays, and stories that reflect life issues. Barbara lives in southern Ontario, Canada. She can be reached through her blog/website at www.barbaraheagy.com, her Facebook site at www.facebook.com/barbaraheagywriter or email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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