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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Lady That Hast my Heart

LADY that hast my heart within thy hand,
Thou heed'st me not; and if thou turn thine ear
Unto the wise, thou shalt not understand--
Behold the fault is thine, our words were clear.
For all the tumult in my drunken brain
Praise God! who trieth not His slave in vain;
Nor this world nor the next shall make me fear!

My weary heart eternal silence keeps--
I know not who has slipped into my heart;
Though I am silent, one within me weeps.
My soul shall rend the painted veil apart.
Where art thou, Minstrel! touch thy saddest strings
Till clothed in music such as sorrow sings,
My mournful story from thy zither sweeps.

Lo, not at any time I lent mine ear
To hearken to the glories of the earth;
Only thy beauty to mine eyes was dear.
Sleep has forsaken me, and from the birth
Of night till day I weave bright dreams of thee;
Drunk with a hundred nights of revelry,
Where is the tavern that sets forth such cheer!

My heart, sad hermit, stains the cloister floor
With drops of blood, the sweat of anguish dire;
Ah, wash me clean, and o'er my body pour
Love's generous wine! the worshippers of fire
Have bowed them down and magnified my name,
For in my heart there burns a living flame,
Transpiercing Death's impenetrable door.

What instrument through last night's silence rang?
My life into his lay the minstrel wove,
And filled my brain with the sweet song he sang.
It was the proclamation of thy love
That shook the strings of Life's most secret lyre,
And still my breast heaves with last night's desire,
For countless echoes from that music sprang.

And ever, since the time that Hafiz heard
His Lady's voice, as from a rocky hill
Reverberates the softly spoken word,
So echoes of desire his bosom fill.


- Hafez

Thanks for poem Kombizz.
Although, I am never sure, if I am interpreting poetry properly.
It is often like reading something, in a foreign language, for me.
Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2007, at 12:46 AM by Mel. ]

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting james

I tend to have more virtual enemies than virtual friends.

U would, James.

13. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Although its only two years ago that I went travelling, I have some good friends that I stay in touch with. For a while I was receiving round-robin emails from people I swapped emails with, but not so many personal ones, although msn is great for chatting.

Just now I was on the phone to my Australian friend who is in Thailand again. We met in Cambodia and travelled together a while, but ended up being very close friends. I have had crisis phone calls in the middle of the night when he's had personal problems, and vice-versa, I would turn to him when I needed someone. Sometimes its easier to discuss problems with someone who is a little bit distanced from them.

14. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

What is the longest u have been able to maintain a virtual friendship, with somebody u have met while travelling, but did not get to see face to face again?

I'm lucky enough that because i travel allot, I can generally arrange to catch up with people and meet them again every year or two anyway, so i don't get so many people that i've known along time then not met again. Having said that, in allot of cases, keeping contact comes down to maybe 3 or 4 fairly emails a year, which isn't a huge amount, and some are negligible - does one (often group) email a year from somebody constitute keeping in touch?)

Of those that i haven't met again (and ignoring those who i "knew" already via some internet place so still have contact with that way) I agree that most fizzle out in the first two years or so, although some last longer. There's one guy I met 12 years ago who i've not seen since and am still in contact with - we've had a couple of close calls, but never yet managed to meet up again. I've also got a couple from 5-6 years ago.

I meet lots and lots of people, but these days rarely make the initial effort to keep in touch. So many people you meet/see travelling will desperately be swapping emails after a only a few hours or day or so, but there are so many that you know that they won't last. You wouldn't swap emails with everybody you met in a pub at home in a single evening, so why do it abroad? In most cases i'm happy to give my email address, but i won't take their's. That means that the onus is on them (and they know it) to make the first move, although i'll reply if i get something from them.

MSN - and to an extent, blogs - certainly help, and i also have one email address and my mobile phone number (both reasonably easy to remember) that i've had for 10years + and won't ever change. On more than one occassion i've had a random email or phone call at a strange hour of the morning from somebody i met a few years ago and had virtually no - or no - contact from since, who has just found/remembered your details, which is great (assuming you can remember who the hell they are!)

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