Saturday afternoon while visiting City Arts Center to hear three artists talk about their work, the greatest impact came not from the artists talking about their work (and I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned quite a bit) but rather from one of them sharing their inspiration for one piece in particular, a sufi poem called “The Violin”.
I felt strongly these were words I was supposed to hear, and perhaps even share here.
The poet Hafez wrote (obviously translated to English)
Can forgive the past
It starts singing
When the violin can stop worrying
About the future
You will become
such a drunk laughing nuisance
Will lean down
And begin combing you into her hair
When the violin can forgive
Every wound caused by
The heart starts singing
To get beyond our pain, our difficulties, our anger our misgivings… we must begin. Begin, period. That means leave behind what has already happened, pain already felt and the burdens of regret and in this day string together virtuous moments and create a path of forward movement. One on the way to the violin’s beautiful singing that is within us all.