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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).

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  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!

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  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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_language), 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?

    peter

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

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

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  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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