Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Que Sera Sera from a Quatrain

Written for the letter Q at ABC Wednesday

One of my favourite poets is Rumi and I often browse through his poems. Today I came across this one, Rumi's Quatrain no 5.

May the lover be drunk and disreputable the whole year! 
May he be crazy, frenzied, and love-sick! 
With sobriety, we suffer anxiety about everything. 
But when we have become drunk, whatever is to be, may it be!

On some days one can read a poem and interpret it in quite a different way from what the poet intended it to be. I guess that is the beauty of poems. Each one finds a different meaning in the words, perhaps even different on different days.

Today the last 2 lines stood out for me on many fronts and reminded me that being anxious does not change the result of the outcome. Hence it is best to go with the flow, detach from the outcome because, que sera sera, whatever will be will be.

I really needed to remember that today!

And here it is ... Que sera sera - nicely sung by Doris Day.



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18 comments:

  1. That song's been a favourite since school days. And the philosophy behind is so enduring too.

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    1. True Obsessivemom - it's a great reminder when I feel anxious.

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  2. fascinating pairing of the drunken quatrain and the lovely Day song - two ways to look at the same thing.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Thanks Roger. Rumi and Doris - who would've thought that. lol.

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  3. My fav quote too :)

    PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday Team
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2013/11/quite-not-so-quiet/

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  4. You're right, Suzy, we may all be looking at the same poem but interpret it differently, depending on our moods and what we are going through at the moment. Have a wonderful day, my friend! God bless! ♡ :-)

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    1. Thanks Irene. I hope all is well with you with the storms lashing out there. Take care.

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  5. So glad to hear that song... after a long long time. :)

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  6. Very beautiful poem you quoted..have a nice day!

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    1. Glad you liked it Murthy and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  7. Rumi got so much of beautiful quotes. One of my favorite too. :)

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  8. Beautiful and so true. Whatever will be will so why worry? Fate will take its course no matter what. Might as well sit back and enjoy the ride. ♥

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    1. My thoughts exactly Kathy - go with the flow - makes life infinitely easier.

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  9. This is a wonderful poem by Rumi. The first line "May the lover be drunk and disreputable the whole year!" really stands out and grabs the reader's attention! It reads like a blessing, a prayer...to get drunk, and the reader is left in a state of shock. But as the reader contemplates the message, we learn that it is not about getting drunk physically, but drunk spiritually. We are to get intoxicated with Spirit, and when we do, there will be no need to be anxious with Spirit on our side; we will be in the flow. Being "disreputable the whole year" is interesting, too, because at first glance, a reader could take this to mean that s/he can behave in ways that are considered disreputable and associated with physical intoxication. But, when we are filled with Spirit, our lives change and sometimes they change dramatically and in such ways that those who are not "drunk" with Spirit will perceive us as going against the ways of society and culture. Some may even think that what we are doing is "disreputable." But that is their perception.

    Quite the provocative poem by Rumi! I love it! I think I'll go pull out my Rumi poetry book and see what I can work with today. Thank you for the inspiration, Suzy!

    Blessings.
    Penny :)

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    1. How beautifully you explained the quatrain. Thank you Penny. Rumi always inspires. Blessings to you to my lovely friend.

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