Solomon was busy judging others,
when it was his personal thoughts
that were disrupting the community.
His crown slid crooked on his head.
He put it straight, but the crown went
awry again. Eight times this happened.
Finally he began to talk to his headpiece.
“Why do you keep tilting over my eyes?”
“I have to. When your power loses compassion,
I have to show what such a condition looks like.”
Immediately Solomon recognised the truth.
He knelt and asked forgiveness.
The crown centred itself on his crown.
When something goes wrong, accuse yourself first.
Even the wisdom of Plato or Solomon
can wobble and go blind.
Listen when your crown reminds you
of what makes you cold toward others,
as you pamper the greedy energy inside.
~ Solomon’s Crooked Crown by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلالالدین محمد رومی) (Persian, 1207-1273)
Image: Interior, Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, photograph by Ray Roberts/Alamy, architecture by Le Corbusier