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time (out) for passion

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A night full of talking that hurts,
my worst held-back secrets: Everything
has to do with loving and not loving.
This night will pass.
Then we have work to do.

Poem by Rumi translated by John Moyne and Coleman Barks. In: (1992). The rag and bone shop of the heart: poems for men. New York: HarperCollins, p. 322. image: “Cupid and psyche” sculpture by Antonio Canova (1757-1822).


5 responses »

  1. When I read these translations of Rumi – yes, even those as accessible as Coleman Barks – I wish I could read the original, to get a better sense of what Rumi actually intended.
    But I can’t. So. I let the words sit.
    And trust that somehow my intuition – or whatever it is that isn’t my mind – will inform me in due course. And I have learned to accept that this may take many, many years!

  2. intellectually, i understand very little of this poem (and most poems). yet sooner or later there’s a fragment, a line, an image, a metaphor that speaks to my deeper self. in that sense, poetry acts as a mirror to my soul.

    malcolm, even if we could read Rumi’s words in the original Farsi (, we’d still read them through our individual eyes in 2010, filter them through our capacity for meaning-making at the moment of reading, non?


  3. nice to see you’re a romantic at heart, peter…

  4. does that really come as a suprise to you, aurora?

  5. ….not really since you’re such a lover of Rumi….
    it’s just nice to see since we live in such a non-romantic culture…a bit of dreaming, gazing, etc does the soul good.. to get out of our minds for awhile…puts me more in touch with my feminine side.


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