The poems from Rumi are so simple and powerful, maybe because they are about the deepest emotions and true beauty. They go hand in hand with the imagery of birds because to me they represent the highest ideals and a connection to the whole Earth. These three short poems also resonate with me. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for many years and these words help, and drawing helps too.
The King Vulture is my favorite. With time I’ve come to realize no animal is ugly. Humans have associated human qualities with certain animals, which then carry a bad reputation and face real danger because of human misconceptions. Animals play a very important role in this world and they shouldn’t be associated with negative traits.
These drawings started as linear drawings with a calligraphy nib, but then color was necessary (watercolor and gouache).
But listen to me:
For one moment quit being sad
Hear blessings dropping their blossoms
Out beyond ideas of
wrong doing and right doing
there is a field:
I’ll meet you there
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
2 thoughts on “Series: The Rumi Birds”
I love these pairings, Lenina! Seems we have a similar interest in the powerful imagery of birds.
Thank you! Birds have taught me so much and inspired me in so many ways. They’re the most amazing creatures on Earth to me.