32. QUOTING RUMI OFF GOODREADS - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary

32. QUOTING A RUMI LINE OFF GOODREADS NOT FROM THE ACTUAL POEM

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WHO'S THAT RUMI CHICK ANYWAY? Someone commented in someone else’s Instagram feed, where a line was taken wildly out of context, and not credited to Rumi until another commenter pointed out that the Instagram personality didn’t make up the sentiment, but that it came from Rumi.

And then another commenter made a well-reasoned argument for quoting your sources and doing your research.

Did you follow that?

Because sometimes I go down the rabbit hole of comments and that’s how it feels when it happens. Where am I and how did I get here? What if Alice in Wonderland was written in the Internet age? 

If you want to read Rumi for yourself, I recommend plunging right in with Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing.  It’s translated with commentary by Coleman Barks, who writes: “Rumi was an enlightened lover, a true human being, realized, whatever you want to call those who get to be deeply themselves.”

What about those who get to be deeply BY themselves? 

These small, original portraits are painted on top pages cut and upcycled from my sketchbooks.

This portrait is from the series, 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary. 

What began as a creative challenge to focus my energies during the first weeks of solo quarantine in March 2020, evolved into a diary of my experience. 

PAINTING DETAILS: 

Materials: Acrylic, Ink, Wax, Graphite on Paper

Size: 5 X 7 Inches (13 x 18 CM)

Unframed. 

This is a signed and authenticated original painting by Lisa Sonora.