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The Middle East is historically a hotbed of all kinds of trouble, and I think in the U.S., even leaving aside Dubya's recent schtick, there's a lot of sort've undirected hostility at the entire region, which runs the gamut between thinly-veiled racism, and an exasperated "For the love of god, can't you people just get along!?"

However, out've that region, in addition to such niceties as the zero, astronomy, and a lot of the roots of Western civilization, came what I think is some of the finest poetry ever written, the works of the dervish Rumi, one of which I tripped over more or less at random a few hours ago, which caused me to renew my love-affair with the man's words.

You have said what you are.
I am what I am.
Your actions in my head,
my head here in my hands
with something circling inside.
I have no name
for what circles
so perfectly.

I could go on and on, but I won't, except to say that everybody owes themselves a read through the works of Rumi, either on-line or if you happen to pick up the spectacular 'Unseen Rain' collection. My parents read his poetry at their wedding. He was one of the greats, and he could do it in a dozen lines or less, too.

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Greetings, Ursula!

Thanks for the reference; I recall indeed from whence "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine" originated. I shall look up this dervish.

And speaking of poetry; you might recall this little tribute:

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Ha! Yes, I remember it well, and in fact there's a copy shoved in my "Irrational Fears Stuff" file--definitely the best poem written about anything I've drawn, and that includes anything I've written myself (my poetic skills being distinctly subpar on anything longer than a haiku.) The funny bit is that you actually hit on what will turn out to be the...mm...deus ex machina of the story arc, although that's all I'm gonna say until it actually gets done!

Wow! You've got an LJ! *waves brightly* Hi! You don't know me(I think) but I'm Raeliyah. I've emailed you once, and posted on your Elfwood page couple times--love the art. And your writing :o) Do you mind if I add you to my friends list...?

Hi, there! *grin* I should probably just issue a blanket statement at some point--feel free to add me to your friends list, anybody! Always nice to see someone from Elfwood...

Yay cool! Thank you! ^_^ You're purple now, on my list. ^_^

The Middle Eastern culture was essentially the repository of knowledge during Europe's "thousand years of darkness". If it had not been for the screw up regarding printing, they might well be the dominant culture on the planet today.

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