Poetry That Inspires The Heart and The Hand

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I find reading poetry can inspire my own creativity.  One of my favorite spiritual poets is Rumi (usually called by his last name, I suspect because no one can figure out his first name… Jalaluddin… Jalal al-Din… Jalalu-ddin…)  He was a thirteenth century poet, mystic, Sufi, whirling dervish… A person who called God, “Friend”.

Rumi’s poetry constantly inspires me.  I get such a feeling of recognition when I read it. I want to shout a great big “Yes!”  Rumi put into words, the feelings that I feel. It’s the same energy that inspires my art and writing. Here’s some wonderful examples: 

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” 

“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.”

“Roses open laughing.”

You can see why Rumi’s words could inspire a whole series of paintings and collages! A few years ago, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that the year 2007 was the International Year of Rumi, since it had been 800 years since Rumi’s birth.  He is one of the most widely read poets in the United States, so if you haven’t come across his poetry yet read up on him!

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To see more of my artwork inspired by the poetry of Rumi, check out InnerArtSpirit.Etsy.com

Enjoy the magic of Rumi’s words and the growth energy of Spring!

– Patricia Robin Woodruff

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