Friday, March 10, 2006


Thanks for the change of direction Jules, let's see where it leads.

I'm a big fan of poetry myself, especially poetry that opens possibilities rather than closing them down. There's a wonderful quote by the dramatist Jerzy Grotowski that might be apt here.

If a phenomenon can be defined as 'it is that, and only that,' that means it exists only in our heads. But if it has a real life existence, we can never hope to define it completely. Its frontiers are always moving, while exceptions and analogies keep opening up.

It is these possibilities that the best poetry points to.


Don't ask me to describe
the taste of my poison.

At the end of years of wandering
I've chosen a Friend. Don't ask who!

I weep in the doorway.

Last night I heard you saying
what cannot be said.

Now you motion to me,
Don't tell.

The pain of being in my room alone
is really what cannot be spoken.

So like Hafiz, I walk the love-road
aware in a way that has no name.

~Hafiz e Shirazi (Sufi Poet 1320-1389)


At March 10, 2006, Blogger Jules said...

Nice, Gareth! I love Sufi poetry too.


An empty mirror and your worst destructive habits
when they are held up to each other,
that's when the real making begins.
That's what art and crafting are.

A tailor needs a torn garment to practice his expertise.
The trunks of trees must be cut and cut again
So that they can be used for fine carpentry.

Your doctor must have a broken leg to doctor.
Your defects are the ways that glory gets manifested.

-Jalaluddin Rumi

At March 10, 2006, Blogger karen said...

I love Rumi also. I also am a big fan of Rainer Maria Rilke. I went to a web site where they have the chapters of "Letters to a Young Poet" and he recommended this person he was writing to, to read a certain book. I looked up the book and it is available on line. I am reading it now. It started off slow and I don't usually read fiction but now it is getting interesting. Rilke highly recommended the book to this person so curiosity got the best of me. If anyone is interested the web site is

At March 10, 2006, Blogger Gareth said...

Although I've been a fan of Rumi for a while now, I've only just discovered the other Sufi poets.

Rumi is excellent, a wonderful poet with amazing insight. He's also probably the most well known, which is partly why I thought I'd post something by someone else.

There seems to be an element of pathos, and suffering, in the work of Hafiz which appeals to me as well. Much of his writing resonates with my own experiences.

Karen, thanks for the link. I like what I've seen of Rilke, and as she (and you) recommend that book I'll be sure to take a look.

At March 10, 2006, Blogger rot-13 said...

gareth said,

"I like what I've seen of Rilke, and as she..."


At March 12, 2006, Blogger Gareth said...

...He. I knew that. I believe the expression is: Doh!



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