The book contains poems from six Eastern voices and six Western; I think the best are from the Eastern poets such as Rumi, Hafiz, and Mira but they are all wonderful. It is a quote from Mira's poem "I Write of that Journey" that I chose for the title of this blog.
don't forget love;
it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across
I do not believe she writes here of romantic love. Of course, I am no literary critic and it is possible I am wrong. And yet, so often when we hear the word love, our mind pictures romance or weddings or love birds. However, I do not think Mira necessarily meant to convey that meaning of love here. No, I read this passage and immediately think of what I am passionate about, what brings me joy and purpose. I interpret this passage as a gentle reminder that I should not forget those tasks I am here on earth to complete. At a time when it is easy to feel down in the dumps--when I have sent out that 40th or 50th job application--Mira's entreaty is a welcome reminder to focus on what I love in life.
Which brings me to this blog. When something is mentioned to you more than three times, perhaps it is the universe speaking. Or maybe not. Either way, I have followed the advice of several people in my life and now this blog exists where once there was nothing. Here I will document the things that bring me joy, the things I love in life. Mostly I expect this little creation to contain information about books, recipes, and crafts that I love. If all else fails, it will help me remember Mira's words; it will help me bring all the madness I need to unfurl myself across the universe.