"Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought." Emily Dickinson
This thought got my attention yesterday for its beauty, and it got me thinking about the number of times a Persian poet showed up in a Zen stream.
"Poems are rough notations for the music we are." ~Rumi #quotes— Zen Essentials (@ZenEssentials) October 25, 2014
The similarity is there—it was echoed in this thought of Hamdi Ulukaya, reported by Kate Murphy in today's Download column at The New York Times.
The book that’s always in my bag is Hafiz’s “The Gift,” translated by Daniel Ladinsky. I like poetry a lot, and Hafiz and Rumi are the great Sufi masters. Their poems deal with what it means to be on this earth and what is the truth. It’s Zen in a very Anatolian way.