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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

pomegranate, romã

fruta poética.

"While most European languages have cognate names for the fruit, stemming from Latin granatum, an exception is the Portuguese term romã which is derived from Arabic ruman--"  nativa da Pérsia, espalhou-se por toda a área circundante e pelo mediterrâneo. Granada mudou de nome por ela, na sua era moura. portugueses e espanhóis levaram-na para as américas. antes tinha viajado para a China na rota da seda ou por mar.

para os judeus, na China e na Pérsia, fertilidade; no Corão, pomegranates grow in the gardens of paradise-

"From Chichekli village, Memed had obtained a pair of torn sandals and the clothing of a fifteen-year-old boy. The clothes were of hand-woven cotton, the coat dyed with pomegranate skins..."
Kemal em Ince Memed.

. .


If you buy a pomegranate,
buy one whose ripeness
has caused it to be cleft open
with a seed-revealing smile.

Its laughter is a blessing,
for through its wide-open mouth
it shows its heart,
like a pearl in the jewel box of spirit.
The red anemone laughs, too,
but through its mouth you glimpse a blackness.

A laughing pomegranate
brings the whole garden to life.
Keeping the company of the holy
makes you one of them
Whether you are stone or marble,
you will become a jewel
when you reach a human being of heart.

Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit;
don’t give your heart to anything
but the love of those whose hearts are glad.
Don’t go to the neighborhood of despair:
there is hope.
Don’t go in the direction of darkness:
suns exist.

The heart guides you to the neighborhood of the
the body takes you to the prison of water and earth.
Give your heart the food of holy friends;
seek maturity from those who have matured.

~ Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi



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