Day 45: My words tangle

― Be quiet and clear now
like the final touch points of calligraphy.

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Day 45: My words tangle


Today’s painting is inspired by watching people in the streets, and the experience of being a tangle of experiences and words and silences, amongst others who are also a tangle of experiences, words and silences. Each one of us a poem expressing part of the whole.

My worst habit is I get so tired of winter
I become a torture to those I’m with.

if you’re not here, nothing grows.
I lack clarity. My words
tangle and knot up.

How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.
how to cure bad habits? Send me back to you.

when water gets caught in habitual whirlpools,
dig a way out through the bottom
to the ocean. There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can’t hope

the hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

Look as long as you can at the friend you love, no matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back toward you.
– Rumi (translated from the Persian by Coleman Barks)



‘My words tangle’ – acrylic and oil on canvas board with words by Rumi on reverse – 18 cm x 22 cm – For sale £45

Copyright © 2016 Jack Godfrey (Artist in Portraiture ), All rights reserved.

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