Once again, I’m given the pleasure to share a poem for today’s poetry friday as hosted by Renee at No Water a River. Following our theme for this month on Kings and Queens, I dig into a collection of poems by Rumi and found one on Solomon’s Crown. King Solomon is known as the wisest king and in this poem by Rumi he tells us how the wise king is reminded of compassion.
Solomon’s Crooked Crown
Solomon was busy judging others,
when it was his personal thoughts
that were disrupting the community.
His crown slid crooked on his head.
He put it straight, but the crown went
awry again. Eight times this happened.
Finally, he began to talk to his headpiece.
“Why do you keep tilting over my eyes?”
“I have to. When your power loses compassion,
I have to show what such condition looks like.”
Immediately Solomon recognized the truth.
He knelt and asked for forgiveness.
The crown centered itself on his crown.
When something goes wrong, accuse yourself first.
Even the wisdom of Plato or Solomon
can wobble and go blind.
Listen when your crown reminds you
of what makes you cold toward others,
as you pamper the greedy energy inside.
Poem from The Essential Rumi. Translation by Coleman Barks with John Moyne pp. 190 -191