Monday, May 29, 2006

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I Am Really Just a Tambourine

Good
Poetry
Makes the universe admit a
Secret:
"I am
Really just a tambourine,
Grab hold,
Play me
Against your warm
Thigh."

— Hafiz (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

16 Comments:

Blogger Sky said...

ohhhh, i love hafiz and the music of his words. i learned that the poems were usually recited and sung instead of written. i am reading the subject tonight is love, translated by ladinsky. i smile as i move through this small little jewel and then begin it again...like singing a song i love.

5/29/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yes this is lovely. Like all beautiful things though there is an edge of pain to it ... or maybe that's just me at the moment.

5/29/2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

what a beautiful thought.

5/29/2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Hafiz makes me a little lovesick and I swoon... :) lovely quote, and the addition of those poppies, fabuloso!

5/29/2006 3:52 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Thanks, all. The poppies make me swoon! I found them in my garden this morning! And as one who play tambourine a fair amount, I really respond to this poem.

5/29/2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger MB said...

...one who plays tambourine...

5/29/2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger alan said...

The music of words...

timeless!

alan

5/30/2006 12:37 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

such poppies! amazing! and the image of a tangerine tamborine singing and chinging and dancing on the thigh... oh my!
(i think there's a hole in my tamborine)

5/30/2006 3:16 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Beautiful poppies. Ours just started blooming the other day as well. Such vibrant color. The poem is lovely. The whole universe against my thigh...

5/30/2006 8:13 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Alan, isn't it incredible music?

Snowsparkle... have you been playing that tambourine too hard? ;-) Even a tambourine with a hole can still jingle, my friend, and I think yours certainly does!

Robin, I imagine that your garden is looking marvelous these days!

5/30/2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

beautiful words so simply said, are the poppies from your garden? I always had to play the triangle

5/30/2006 1:17 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Sue, yes the poppies are from my garden. I'm lucky and get to play all sorts of instruments.

5/30/2006 1:26 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I LOVE this I was just about to say and then scrolled down to see...oh Hafiz..only one of my alltime favorites...no wonder.

5/30/2006 1:41 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Colleen... I continue to read him in wonder.

5/30/2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

oh

my

5/31/2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

This is beautiful I love them both the photo and the poem

5/31/2006 11:25 AM  

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