The Colors of the Night

by Art Z

Limited 30 pcs| 30 in stock|45.7 x 60.9 cm

I am have been inspired by this story that I am citing at the courtesy of Rebecca Perricone, a wonderful and inspirational human being and singer. Moths gathered in a fluttering throng one night To learn the truth about the candle light, And they decided one of them should go To gather news of the elusive glow. One flew till the distance he discerned A palace window where a candle burned- And went no nearer: back again he flew To tell the others what he thought he knew. The mentor of the moths dismissed his claim, Remarking: "He knows nothing of the flame." A moth more eager than the one before Set out and passed beyond the palace door. He hovered in the aura of the fire, A trembling blur of timorous desire, Then headed back to say how far he's been, And how much he had undergone and seen. The mentor said: "You do not bear the signs Of one who's fathomed how the candle shines." Another moth flew out-- his dizzy flight Turned to an ardent wooing of the light; He dipped and soared, and in his frenzied trance Both self and fire were mingled by his dance-- The flame engulfed his wing-tips, body, head, His being glowed a fierce translucent red;  And when the mentor saw that sudden blaze, The moth's form lost within the glowing rays, He said: "He knows, he knows the truth we seek, That hidden truth of which we cannot speak." To go beyond all knowledge is to find  That comprehension which eludes the mind, And you can never gain the longed-for goal Until you first outsoar both flesh and soul; But should one part remain, a single hair Will drag you back and plunge you in despair-- No creature's self can be admitted here, Where all identity must disappear.  --From Attar's Conference of the Birds
(translated by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis)

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