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Rumi: Out Beyond Ideas of Wrong-Doing and Right

May 2, 2006

This was the Poetry in Motion subway poem I spotted this morning:

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.


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