Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

Persian poetry

بنى آدم اعضاء يک پیکرند که در آفرينش ز يک گوهرند
چو عضوى بدرد آورد روزگار دگر عضوها را نماند قرار

Of one Essence is the human race

thus has Creation put the base

One Limb impacted is sufficient

For all Others to feel the Mace

Saadi, quoting Ferdowsi (thanks again to Homeyra for this additional information re Ferdowsi)

Inscribed on the UN’s Hall of Nations in New York


Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, idolater, worshipper of fire,

Come even though you have broken your vows a hundred time,

Come, and come yet again,

Ours is not a caravan of despair…

the wonderful Sufi mystic poet Rumi

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This entry was posted on 9 November, 2006 by in Empire, War and Terror, Iran, Poetry, USA.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"