Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Poem for Halloween


A reading of Tim Burton’s poem which was the basis for the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, with accompanying animation.

Rubá’í of the Day


Would’st thou have fortune bow her neck to thee,
Make it thy care to feed thy soul with glee;
And hold a creed like mine, which is to drain
The cup of wine, not that of misery.

Rubá’í of the Day


Last night that idol who enchants my heart,
With true desire to elevate my heart,
Gave me his cup to drink; when I refused,
He said, “Oh, drink to gratify my heart!”

Rubá’í of the Day


This world a body is, and God its soul,
And angels are its senses, who control
Its limbs—the creatures, elements, and spheres;
The One is the sole basis of the whole.

Rubá’í of the Day


Hear now Khayyam’s advice, and bear in mind,
Consort with revelers, though they be maligned,
Cast down the gates of abstinence and prayer,
Yea, drink, and even rob, but, oh! be kind!

Quote for the Week


All true morality, inward and outward, is comprehended in love, for love is the foundation of all the commandments. All outward morality must be built upon this basis, not on self-interest. As long as man loves something else than God, or outside God, he is not free, because he has not love. Therefore there is no inner freedom which does not manifest itself in works of love. True freedom is the government of nature in and outside man through God; freedom is essential existence unaffected by creatures. But love often begins with fear; fear is the approach to love: fear is like the awl which draws the shoemaker’s thread through the leather.

–Meister Eckhart, Sermon VII : “Outward and Inward Morality”; courtesy Wikiquote

Rubá’í of the Day


Chief of old friends! harken to what I say,
Let not heaven’s treacherous wheel your heart dismay;
But rest contented in your humble nook,
And watch the games that wheel is wont to play.

Rubá’í of the Day


Lament not fortune’s want of constancy,
But up! and seize her favors ere they flee;
If fortune always cleaved to other men,
How could a turn of luck have come to thee?

Borodin for the Weekend

Rubá’í of the Day


Souls that are well informed of this world’s state,
Its weal and woe with equal mind await:
For, be it weal we meet, or be it woe,
The weal doth pass, and woe too hath its date.