I didn’t really want
to walk into the ocean.
Though the breeze was warm.

Though the water was clear.
Being dry felt, well, so dry.
And I liked it, feeling dry.

“You can’t be baptized
if you don’t get in the water,”
said Rumi, and he rushed

past me from behind, leaping,
launching himself into the waves.
Then he turned toward shore to splash me.

“But the water’s so … wet,”
I said, with a wince.
And he splashed me again.

And he splashed me again.
And I did not did not like it.
I scowled and used my foot to splash

Rumi back, but he already
was wholly glittering wet.
He just laughed and motioned

for me to come deeper in.
I didn’t want to go, so I can’t quite
explain quite why I did, except

there was somehow a larger part of me
already at play in the waves with him,
and it pulled in the smaller,

resistant part until all of my limbs
were diamonding in the sun. The ocean
smoothed me with lavish salts

and brought jellyfish to bloom
at my side. Rumi, he had
long since melted into the waves.

His breath was the ocean’s breath.
The white gulls creeeched and keeled
overhead, and for a moment I felt

such compassion for that fussy one
who was tying up her wind-licked hair,
hoping to keep at least that part dry.

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ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA TROMMER is a “chanteuse of the heart,” says poet Art Goodtimes. She lives in Southwest Colorado, where she served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate and directs the Telluride Writers Guild. She teaches poetry for Think 360, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Camp Coca Cola. Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion. Her poetry collections include The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday life with Rumi, Intimate Landscape, Holding Three Things at Once (Colorado Book Award finalist) and If You Listen. She performs with Telluride’s eight-woman a cappella group, Heartbeat, and sings nightly for her two children, Finn and Vivian. She and her husband, Eric, own a 75-acre organic fruit farm, where she practices the art of letting go. For seven years, she has written a poem a day, and every day she reads many more than that. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust. Her Web site is www.wordwoman.com.

4 responses to “Rumi Goes to the Beach”

  1. Jude Janett says:

    How I love your interview and this amazing new book of poems of yours. Culmination work for sure!

    • Rosemerry says:

      Oh Dear Jude, as you know, you are very much an inspiration for these poems, the one who helped lean me toward the mystics, you who teaches me to listen and stand in the not knowing and stay there, thank you

  2. Rosemerry says:

    Hey Archana, just checked out your blog … ravenousforlife, me too! Loved yesterday’s haiku …

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