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Poetry, please

Freezing foliage: Ice formed during the morning watering at the U.S. Forest Service Nursery in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. Winter weather is making an appearance in the Inland Northwest. (Kathy Plonka)
Freezing foliage: Ice formed during the morning watering at the U.S. Forest Service Nursery in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. Winter weather is making an appearance in the Inland Northwest. (Kathy Plonka)

The news is unusually heavy today with pieces of our government closed, immigrants drowning and politicians on their worst behavior. Sometimes it helps to simply escape for a moment. Poetry, please.

Not Here

There's courage involved if you want
to become truth.

There is a broken- open place in a lover.

Where are those qualities of bravery and
sharp compassion in this group? What's the
use of old and frozen thought?

I want a howling hurt. This is not a treasury
where gold is stored; this is for copper.

We alchemists look for talent that
can heat up and change.

Lukewarm won't do. Halfhearted holding back,
well-enough getting by? Not here.

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(S-R archives photo)




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