Words are like water, washing
and washing us with their truth --
or otherwise drowning
us if we won't allow it, healing turned
to windswept tumult to get our
ever-wandering attention. They are
everywhere, reach everywhere, patient
enough to hollow out caverns
in the deep, strong enough to
tumble down the thin and ruinous
beliefs we clutch the closest. In
time, with ruthless endurance,
everything they touch transforms.
"A story is like water / that you heat for your bath. / It takes messages between the fire / and your skin. It lets them meet, / and it cleans you! / . . . Water, stories, the body, / all the things we do, are mediums / that hide and show what's hidden. / Study them, / and enjoy this being washed / with a secret we sometimes know, / and then not."
- from The Essential Rumi
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