Treasure Island

Aufie Zophy

(18 October 1964)

Y..... Ice and Vapour


A hard start of the day
A loud quarrel with my son
Yes, a real hard start today
Puberty seems to go on and on

A whole day of fuming
Hardening my heart
This one I am not accepting
Now he went too far

Then in the evening, before we met,
In my inbox in my phone
A message from a Sufi poet
Melted my heart of stone.

A dropp of water, said the poet,
Make it cold and it will freeze to solid
Then add some heat or warmth to it
And it immediately becomes fluid

The solid icy phase is static, cannot move
Just like a bitter heart is cold and full of limitation
Then let forgiveness in, all will improve
The solid melts or even will go to sublimation

Still add more warmth and kindness to it all
The gaseous state is soon achieved
And our heart and our soul
Will float, expand, what a relief

I threw away my plans for a cold shoulder
I let my frozen heart melt a bit
My miserable day seemed soon to be over
Forgiveness now was filling it

When I returned from work, I smiled to him
Thanks to that message in the mail.
I received a warm handshake in return
All ice melted, warmth and love prevail

Submitted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Really happened today.
I think that our God really wanted me to read that message before I got home from work.

here is the message from my mail:
Warmth melts, while cold freezes. A dropp of ice in a warm place spreads and covers a larger space, whereas a dropp of water in a cold place freezes and becomes limited. Repentance has the effect of spreading a dropp in a warm sphere, causing the heart to expand and become universal, while the hardening of the heart brings limitation.
(Hazrat Inayat Khan)

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  • Valsa George (8/17/2012 10:37:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem! How warmth and forgiveness can dispel all the gloom and melt the rocky ice! ! Teenage being a time of storm and stress, we as parents have to excercise great restraint. Thank you for the nice comments! ! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (7/23/2012 3:09:00 PM)

    Add more warmth and kindness seems to be the answer to many problems, such a fantastic write with a wonderful
    message, pleased all worked out well in the end. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (7/23/2012 11:18:00 AM)

    Warm is always in the box of heart...it can warming cold bond, it able to cold burning emotion, always be like water sometimes, it buffering temperature...we are human, sometimes the coldest thing can freeze water, and too hot can boil our patience...and faith and wise are what we need to look for. Love will touch everything perfectly, sometimes teenager release angry too much but as the older we must ready to cool them with love and understand...so Hans, just remember when you at same age..we did some mistakes right...it's time to them to learn and learn for yourself how your great mom teach you...with love and patience..wisdom around_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

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