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Thursday, December 10, 2009

the power of our rhetoric

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1

A blogger wrote what you
couldn't say -
do you know how it feels
to be empty
that way?

2
A photo at flickr shines light
on brown water
a silhouette of men in a boat -
fishing lines crisscross the
knob of the sun
do you know what it means
to be full
in that fun?

3
Across campus a stranger
talks venom and danger
about things
she does not know
and you - are you swallowed
by telephone and email
inside the hollow of her blow?

4
Around the world a friend
sends a photo
a fuchsia flower bent low
like a woman in veil
do you feel what she feels -
her essence inside
being fully
regaled?


Together we enter
the questions and answers
on our bridge
over ocean and reef -
our words art and photographs
publish the meanings
in the ongoing book of our life.



*- epigraph quote from Rumi's poem A Voice Through the Door

52 comments:

Susan said...

Ruthie, every time I read one of your posts I know exactly the feeling expressed in your first verse...or more accurately, I feel inadequate in the face of genius. There are quite a few of my blog friends who make me feel that way.

It isn't a bad feeling! I'm lifted up and happy that I have such lovely women as a part of my life.

Gramma Ann said...

I enjoyed reading the poem today. It was quite creative.

I wish those spammers would find something better to do. They are very annoying, what a dull life they must lead.

The Bug said...

So often a snap judgment takes away the question you should be asking - thanks for reminding me to stop and think before making my mind up!

*jean* said...

oo ruth, i so get you...isn't it something the way the press has changed...we gave up our newspaper over a year ago because it is no longer a "news" paper...one paper commenting on the global summit is simply shameful in this country that "values" education...30 years ago i had a great college science teacher and that is where i learned about global warming...if you believe in science, it seems very logical that this could happen...is happening...if people REALLY valued life (ALL life, not just fetal life), this would be at the top of their list...i saw last night "on the news" it is estimated that 250 million people(men, women and children) will become environmental refugees by 2050 due to climate changes...makes my head explode...

thank you for your thoughtful post...you always get me thinkin...

have you gotten the storm yet?? dreadfully cold...brrrrr

Renee said...

Beautiful darling Ruth, just like you.

I love the new banner it is so elegant.

Love Renee xoxoxo

Deborah said...

Ruth, Without exaggeration, I have goosebumps from reading this. It's gossamer and beautiful. Wonderful poetry.

Loring Wirbel said...

It's interesting that I read this post just as Editor and Publisher magazine announced it was folding for good. Who needs anything edited and published when the entire world is your neighborhood, and all the neighbors are sharing with each other?

Gwen Buchanan said...

Very thought provoking Ruth...

and so many answers that are all different but they each could be right for someone...

and round the world goes...

ds said...

Beautiful, my friend. Especially love the image of the fuschia flower as "woman in veil."

I think it is an afternoon for poetry.

Thank you.

Nancy said...

As always, I enjoyed my visit today.

Annie said...

That's so beautiful. I wish I could write good poems. I'm always afraid of sounding ridiculous. Or breaking some rule of poetry...

CottageGirl said...

Sometimes I just go through life just to get through ... get through the next class ... Get through the next day ... get through the next week
I need to ask more why's and why-nots (Especially why-nots!)
Once agin ... you inspire me!

CottageGirl said...

Sorry for all of the typos!!! I left my last pair of reading glasses at school!!!!

laura said...

If there were a book about blogging your poem should be its epigraph.
(I recently bought a book of Rumi's poems, which I wasn't familiar with but always am delighted by when I read them on your blog: thank you for the introduction!)

kanmuri said...

I love the new winter pictures at the top!!

Tom Bailey said...

I really enjoyed how you ended that part the questions always mean so much because the answers can do so much.

Thank you for these thoughts.

Kindest regards,
Tom Bailey

Sidney said...

Nice... you are gifted !

Shattered said...

Such a though provoking poem! I have read it through three times now and each time I find something new.

♥ Kathy said...

That's just beautiful Ruth ♥

shicat said...

Hi Ruth, Nice new header,coooold isn't it? Well Rumi does it for me.
Do we ever feel what other's feel? Pictures do speak a thousand words.

Babs-beetle said...

Here comes that word again....Beautiful ;)

Anna said...

Oh Ruth this one great modern poem, I love it and I am going to read it again. What a nice choice of technology, and relating to our lives, but you are so so right, we live and breath the Internet these days. Thanks for refreshing post. Anna :)

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Jeanie said...

Thought provoking, Ruth, and beautifully illustrated. I've always loved Rumi. It's good to see this.

Ruth said...

Susie, there is genius in the golden glowing heart of a friend.

Ruth said...

Welcome to synch, Gramma Ann, and thank you for your kind words.

I get annoyed by the spammers, but when this prashant came along, I was quite impressed. I don't like having any restrictions on comments, but this saves us having to read long Chinese comments luring us to questionable content.

Ruth said...

Yes, Dana. And I also feel I don't need to make up my mind. Leaving unanswered questions is more common for me as I age.

Ruth said...

Jean, you're brilliant. ". . . if people REALLY valued life (ALL life, not just fetal life)". AMEN. I love your comment.

One of my advisees came in the other day and told me about his Ojibwe class. Students have to achieve two year proficiency in a foreign language for their English degree. He chose Ojibwe. He was telling me the language has only verbs. Also he explained that there isn't a concept of death (if I'm remembering right). Death is just part of life. That's what your comment reminded me of. I hate how we separate ourselves from the planet.

Yes, we had the windy snowy weather for a couple of days, and it is still very cold today, though sunny. We're expecting rain soon, which will melt the snow. :(

Ruth said...

Sweet Renee, thank you.

Love to you too.

Ruth said...

Deborah, when I read your comment at work Thursday, I got goosebumps. It means so much to me. Thank you. Putting poetry "out here" is like your shy girl in the schoolyard feeling you expressed in your current post, also on blogs and writing and connections.

Ruth said...

Loring, the Internet truly is an organism that will never be kill-able - the longest continuously running machine.

Ruth said...

Oh Gwen, I didn't mean for it to be thought provoking, but thank you. I started out writing about being empty and full - at the same time. And it turned into this.

Ruth said...

Thanks, DS. These winter days are good for reading, especially poetry.

Ruth said...

Hi, Nancy, I like seeing you and your cradled babe.

Ruth said...

Annie, I am still afraid of sounding ridiculous, and felt ridiculous as I posted this. I also worried about using bad metrics. When I post poetry I feel more vulnerable than in any other kind of post.

Ruth said...

Oh CottageGirl, I don't want more whys.

If I left my reading glasses anywhere, you wouldn't see typos, you'd see *@%xox$!!!.

Ruth said...

Laura, it's so great to see you back.

One reason I like Rumi is how is poems are just speaking. Simple, whatever came into his mind. I don't think he rewrote anything, just spoke them and a scribe wrote them down. Imagine having instant access to images that way.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Kanmuri, and I like your new Box of Raisins.

Ruth said...

Welcome, Tom Bailey. I am trying to avoid too many answers in my blog posts. Like a sit com, it is tempting to resolve everything in a short time or space.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Sidney.

It goes without saying that you are one of the most skilled and talented photographers I know. But I said it anyway.

Sandy said...

Beautiful poem from Rumi and I love that photo, the simplicity and beauty of it.

Deslilas said...

Beautiful.
May be you know this quotation from a French author Maurice Blanchot.
I read it some years ago in a book written by Marc Alain Ouaknin and I find it today on a French blog.
http://oceania55.canalblog.com/archives/2007/07/16/5626349.html
I think you can read it in French better than in my poor English.
Happy Xmas.
We're going to Sweden may be for a White Xmas.

Ruth said...

Thank you for that, Shattered, thank you for making that effort. :)

Ruth said...

♥ Kathy, thank you. xo

Ruth said...

Hi Cathy. I guess it isn't much of a secret that I don't so much see the world as feel the world. So when I interact with blog friends, that's usually where I take it.

Yes it's very cold, or it was yesterday. Today I think it's warming up? Stay cozy and enjoy the Christmas lights.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Babs, but I'm afraid I can't take that with much gravitas as I am still chuckling at your baby formula rescue story, hahahahaha. I love you!

Ruth said...

Thank you, dear Anna. Yesterday I actually got out the dictionary book while I was reading, because I was in a room away from my laptop. It was nice to feel the pages. I think dictionary.com is one of my most visited web sites, along with its thesaurus.

Ruth said...

TanmoySarkar, I know you are "spamming" me with your comment, but you are very sweet and have pretty things. I like your sarees and flowers. All the best to you and your business.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Jeanie. I hope you enjoy your Sunday. I'm thinking about you and your show today. I won't be going into town, but if I were, I'd be there!

Ruth said...

Oh thank you, Sandy.

Montag said...

inside the hollow of her blow...

It's like gasps for breath at the end of crying for a long, long time...

dutchbaby said...

We are all an inter-connected gestalt unified by our images, words, music, and movements. You describe it beautifully.