the passageways of the self

The Importance of Setting Out

If a tree could fly off, it would not suffer the saw.
The sun hurries all night to be back for morning.
Salty water rises in the air,
so the garden will be drenched with fresh rain.

A drop leaves home,
enters a certain shell, and becomes a pearl.
Joseph turns from his weeping father, toward Egypt.
Remember how that turned out.

Journeys bring power and love back into you.
If you cannot go somewhere,
move in the passageways of the self.

They are like shafts of light, always changing,
and you change when you explore them.

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)
tr.Coleman Barks
from Rumi: The Big Red Book
HarperCollins 2010

passageways of the self #1


4 comments on “the passageways of the self”

  1. There needs to be a ‘Love’ button (hahaha) for this as I like it more than one click. Taps into something, it’s the kind of art I would make if I had the ‘art. Love the movement in the moment.

    • Glad you (more than) like it.
      Just making use of an old inky doodle, but it works I think.
      Your ‘Love Button’ idea may need to undergo some market research trialling before we can roll it out…

  2. Very good, like a tapestry that’s either frayed and worn, or being woven, or both (probably neither?). Walk on! Ed

  3. Or perhaps the worst tube map in the world?

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