Tuesday Poem

The Name

You should try to hear the name the Holy One has for things.
There is something in the phrase: “The Holy One has taught
him names.”
We name everything according to the number of legs it has;
the other one names it according to what it has inside.
Moses waved his stick; he thought it was a “rod,”
but inside it's name was “dangerous snake.”
We thought the name of Blake was “agitator against priests,”
but in eternity his name is “the one who believes.”
No one knows our name until our last breath goes out.

by Rumi

version by Robert Bly