Kate Dudding: Voices From the Past: May, 2018
This is the thirty-fourth issue of Voices From the Past. My goal for each issue is to publish some highlights of one of my historical stories as well as an update on my activities. Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to anyone you think might be interested.
Poems by Rumi
For a change of pace, I thought Iíd share some of my favorite poems with you. Rumi is currently one of the most popular poets in the U.S. today.
THE GUEST HOUSE
human is a guest house.
A teaching story translated by Coleman Barks
When the Ramadan banner flies,
Soul restrains nature,
So it can taste its own food.
The strength of horses and the intensity of fire,
These are the powers of sacrifice.
Fasting, we honor the guest.
Clouds of courage give rain,
Because it was in this month that the Qur'an rained down,
Light through an opening.
Grab the rope,
And be lifted out of the body's pit.
Announce to Egypt that Joseph of Canaan has come.
Jesus dismounts the donkey,
And the sacrament table descends.
Wash your hands. Wash your face.
Do not eat or speak as you normally do.
Other food and other words will come in the silence
THE DAY I DIE
On the day I die,
when I'm being carried toward the grave,
Don't say,He's gone! He's gone.
Death has nothing to do with going away.
The sun sets and the moon sets,
But they're not gone.
The tomb looks like a prison,
But it's really release into union.
The human seed goes down in the ground
Like a bucket into the well where Joseph is.
It grows and comes up full of some unimagined beauty.
And immediately opens with a shout of joy there.
Passion makes the old medicine new:
Passion lops off the bough of weariness.
Passion is the elixir that renews:
How can there be weariness when passion is present?
Oh, don't sigh heavily from fatigue:
Seek passion, seek passion, seek passion!††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mathnawi VI, 4302-4304
Rumi's poetry is something that the United States and Afghanistan have in common. Rumi is the most popular poet in both countries. Rumi was a Persian poet born in 1207. Rumi was also an imam and a Sufi master - Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam.
One of my storytelling mentors, Elizabeth Ellis, loves Rumiís poems. She often starts her weekend workshops by reciting one of his poems. Thatís how I heard my first Rumi poem.
Even though his poems are over 800 years old, they seem fresh and relevant today to me. I hope you enjoyed them.
Click here for more information about Rumi.
News about me
I have several public performances this summer:-)
I'll also be performing twice at Wiawaka Center for Women, as part of their Georgia O'Keeffe series (July - men welcome) as well as their Women's Lecture series (all summer):
Thanks for reading this issue. Iíll be sending you some more story highlights in a few months.
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