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Poetry in the morning

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Sparkfriend Watermellen started the day - her day and my day - with William Carlos Williams' poem about plums (since she had plums with her breakfast).

So I'm sharing a favorite poem, to feed our souls - since we're coming up to the Jewish Days of Awe (the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement and the ten days in between when we reflect on our lives and try to make changes and adjustments) it just seems appropriate. And maybe even more so, since this poem is by an early Persian poet. So in these uncertain times, post 9/11, here is a Jewish woman thinking about a Persian poem as we approach the Jewish High Holy Days. A certain ecumenical quality to that.

"If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves
alone to thee are left,
Sell one & from the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul"

- Muslihuddin Sadi,
13th Century Persian Poet

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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2011 10:26PM

    Love this poem . . . and had blogged about it one winter morning when there were hyacinths on my kitchen table! (We truly are kindred spirits, as Anne of Green Gables would have said). It was one of my dear aunt's favourites -- she was a high school teacher of English literature who studied for her Master's degree at Oxford, and I still cherish her academic gown.

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ILOVEROSES 9/16/2011 5:39PM

    Thank you Phebe for sharing!

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SAPNA. 9/16/2011 12:54PM

    I wonder if i would be able to do that?

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