Poems in the fountain

poems in Washington Park Moses fountain

While taking in the summer-like weather Tuesday in Washington Park, we noticed these little bundled scrolls blowing along with the leaves around the empty King Memorial Fountain fountain in the park (AKA, the Moses fountain). There were maybe 15 or 20 of them.

So we opened one of the scrolls. Inside, a poem:

Raise your words,
Not your voice.
It is rain that
grows flowers,
Not thunder.

Rumi

As the scroll noted, that poem is attributed to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, a Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and mystic who lived during the 1200s, born in what's now Afghanistan and later moving to what's now modern-day Turkey.

Earlier on AOA:
+ The Troy Poem Project
+ The Moses fountain in Washington Park

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Also recently featured in Netflix's "The Get Down," spray-painted on trains by Rumi the graffiti artist. As always, it's awesome to read the history of the poem here on AOA, and even cooler to hear about these scrolls in the first place!

(Apologies if this posts twice - internet problems at work.)

Looks like Rumi didn't get the memo: Tone-policing is not ok!

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