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Whispers of Love

Rumi used paradoxical language in his poetry. Whenever I read his poetry, I find myself searching for the meaning of those words.

In this poem, I think he is suggesting that, when a person feels wanted and loved, there is a sense of belonging. A person can surrender to love, when they are cared for, belonging in a relationship.

The reciprocity of love makes one whole, healing them. The title proposes that love is quiet and a person has to listen closely, still themselves and their thoughts to hear the call addressing them. In this sense, love is a mindful and attentive way of living.

Love whispers in my ear,

Better to be a prey than a hunter.

Make yourself My fool.

Stop trying to be the sun and become a speck!

Dwell at My door and be homeless.

Dont pretend to be a candle, be a moth,

so you may taste the savor of Life

and know the power hidden in serving.”


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

9 responses »

  1. This is lovely!

  2. Aww, the savor and the power of being a server. It is an art!

  3. Love Rumi. One of my favorites.

  4. Knowing Rumi, I’m sure his lover was God, however he perceived it to be. Yet you make a good point – love Does heal. In time, for some of us. It’s funny too, Ivon, I’ve been reflecting a bit on this these past couple of days – just how damaged I was when I was younger, and how loving and being loved unconditionally from my husband has relaxed, matured, and deepened us both as human beings. It has also increased our own individual self regard. Now that was likely the kind of partner I was looking for all those years ago, but I just didn’t know myself well enough to get it right the first time. Or the second. Third truly was and is an everlasting charm, going on 25 years now. Aloha.


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