what to ignore…

which color
of the rainbow
should i ignore
if i am to see beauty
which prophet
of the word
should i ignore
if i am to seek wisdom
which child
of the world
should i ignore
if i am to serve humanity
all knowledge
begins with perception
to limit perception
is to limit knowledge

Point-Counter Point Challenge:  For those of you have been following the challenges between Jade and I, you are aware that several challenges have taken place over the course of the last few months.  This time, the challenge was to be initiated by me and I decided to change the rules a little…well a lot.  Here’s how it works this time.  Each poet provides the other poet with  five quotations that must be addressed from the opposite point of view as the original quote. Here is the third quote that Jade provided to me:   “The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.” – Rumi

20 thoughts on “what to ignore…

  1. All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.
    George Santayana

  2. Amazing use of repetition to get the point across. You really got me thinking far more than the philosophy paper I should be reading at the moment. Thanks for opening my mind.

    • It is part of a larger collection of thoughts on fear generally ascribed to Rumi – now obviously, all data passed down from centuries ago is to a higher or lesser degree a compendium of the best thoughts of the time, ascribed to someone who happened to be identified with the times themselves…
      Another one stating a similar point is:
      “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” (by Rumi too)

  3. What to ignore—I vote for HOUSEWORK and mowing lawns.
    Seriously, this quote reminds me more of not picking between equally important things but rather comprehending what is important and what is NOT.
    Great image to accompany poem!

  4. I love the way you address the concepts of narrow mindedness, bigotry, lack of love

    you positively remind the reader where our focus should be

    Moon smiles for yet another day

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