Monday, May 14, 2007


Art as Flirtation and Surrender

In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do,

and that sight becomes this art.

"Rumi" by Mark di Suvero, 1991 -- found at Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.
Keep seeing references to this fellow; seems everyone knows of him but me. Then its kismet after coincidence! The poem is by him also, naturally.


Janice Thomson said...

How deeply Rumi's words resonate in the soul...I love this piece.
The pic is fantastic.
I was introduced to Rumi a few decades ago when I was sent this:

"Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer; worshiper, lover of
Leaving, it doesn't matter; Come,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken
Your vow a thousand times.
Come, come again, come."

I have never forgotten this poem. It made all the difference.

polona said...

great photo and words of the master...

i'm vaguely familiar with rumi but would like to learn more about him and his work.

oh, and thank you for stopping by :)

SusieQ said...

I am not at all familiar with this artist. You are not alone then. The words compliment the art nicely.

*ItkUpiLLi* said...

I also just resently found him. But now I'm totally in love...I had very nice moment here. :)

Princess Haiku said...

This is a wonderful poem. It's easy to see how the poetry of Rumi has endured for centuries.

BTW Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving the comment. Will look for that picture you mentioned.

Princess Haiku said...

I guess I missed that fossil as you have a lot of archives. However, I will check back to read your news thinks. I added a link.

Your post made me think of, "Song of Meera." Meera or Mirabaya was another Indian mystic, poet.

trinitystar said...

Rumi is my favourite.
thank you for sharing this with us.

The spinning dervish
one hand held up to the heavens and other pinting to the earth.


Jac said...

Thank you for the kind visit. I am honoured.

I found only one match with Rumi's... that is Hafiz.

princess haiku(due apologies to goatman)
It is Meerabai and not Meerabaya.

Bhaya is musculine.

Celestine Wee said...

isn't rumi the name of the art piece? im confused by the comments.

jim said...

Hola Goatman, been awhile, I see you going deeper.

Rumi is very well liked and an inspiration to many now. Good.

I see the poem in the work, the art work. It may be the best example, best use, most expressive use of this style of sculpting, finest use of this heavy heavy medium, that I have seen to date. It really shows spirit over matter, love overcoming burdens, will above all. And gives it with a generous helping of grace and Life.

Don't know the artist, but with work like this, he must be well known to many.

Good to hear from you over the months, thanks for the kind visits my friend. Don't feel obligated to worry with my blogs, they are very much not written for visitors at all, very much aimed at spirits in the air waves. I'll visit you now and then. Oh, about the rooster, yes, let him be, he will probably take to you without damaging you first. A bite to eat is great and he'll appreciate you, but, lol, hands off!, lol. He looks his own man, to me.

Later Goatman.

Marion said...

I have just recently learned about Rumi,too...the more I learn the more I like his work.

great photo!

Ana Banana said...

Beautiful poem and image! I love Rumi! -- one of my favorites.

Elaine said...

Very nice! I wasn't familiar with Rumi ...

GEWELS said...

I have only a vague knowledge of Rumi, But, everything I've read is inspiring.
Nelson- Atkins museum, is this the one with the giant shuttlecocks on the lawn? I've seen that (if it is).

BTW- thanks for visiting my sight and leaving such a nice comment.
I can feel the inspiration flooding back to me. Thanks!

Annelisa said...

I wonder if what Rumi was talking about was 'inspiration'

I've never heard of him before, so this was a good introduction - thanks Goatman!

ps - how's Sprig doing? Did you get some pals for him?

goatman said...

I am not sure what inspiration is. Need to look into that, having never experienced it myself (I think).
I think of the poem more as expressing an openness allowing creativity. A state of acceptance which brings an expression through art. . . . I guesss that is inspiration.

Naj said...

Ah, thank you my friend for reminding me I need to take time off from some of the people who invade my blog with their self righteous blabbers ... fresh air here.

Be well.

Camplin said...

Nice image of a beautiful work of art. I am glad it inspires you. I think every art hopes that their work inspires other artists.

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