rising at the gate
winter sun spreads little warmth
sharing its wisdom
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to Carpe Diem #1304 The Seventh Gate
Chèvrefeuille tells us that, as he was reading the Rubaiyat, there were several quatrains he didn’t understand, which sounded magical and mysterious. Today’s Quatrain XXXI is such a quatrain: it puts into a visual of the universe as it was understood in the time of Khayyam, when everyone thought that the earth was at its centre. However, Omar Khayyam, as an astronomer, thought the sun was at the centre of the universe:
Up from Earth’s Centre through the seventh Gate
I rose, and on the Throne of Saturn sate,
And many Knots unravel’d by the Road;
But not the Knot of Human Death and Fate.
© Omar Khayyam (Tr. FitzGerald)
3 thoughts on “The Seventh Gate”
One of my favourite quotes from Omar. I’ve danced with its imagery for years.
Sorry I haven’t been taking part in your photo challenge recently but I keep running out of time for all the things I want to do – never enough hours, as they say!
For some strange reason, your comment went to spam, which is annoying. I hope you are well. I will be back soon to visit your site. Love Kim x
Hi Kim, I am all too well aware of that particular phenomenon 🙂
Thanks for fishing me out of spam x
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