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April 15, 2005
Ah, the Simurgh!
the quidnunc kid
16 years ago
The Pointy birds go pointy, pointy, Annoint my head, annointy nointy
Cor, you don't do things by halves, do you, quid? I ♠* quidnunc.
O marvelous, delectable links! O clever and mighty Q-kid! By mystery wrapped in feathers my heart is stirred!
To confess my ignorance, I had formerly assumed the simurgh was the same as the roc, but I gather from these links the two are not identical.
Thank you for this handsome and fascinating post,
An essay that includes the Simurgh, Borges, Dante, Grover from Sesame Street, and Tyler Motherfucking Durden. I do so love the Internets. I wish there were more of them. [this be just dandy]
May a monstrous bird convey a thousand golden bananas to you...
Golden quidnunc: simian treasure!
See here now, all this highfalutin' fawning. Why it's just silly, that's what. *reads links* I . . . I humbly apologize for my insouciant insolence. All praise be to Quidnunc for rockin' tha hizzy til we're all freakin' dizzy!
"Why should there be enmity between us and the powers of darkness or powers of darkness and those of the light? There is only love!"
This is perhaps the single best post I've seen on MoFi. I visited all the links and was sorry there were no more. A splendid job, quid kid! I'd just like to clarify one thing for anyone who reads the "wondrous" link all the way to the end (which I highly recommend -- it's a great story). When you get to the sentence:
And from that time, Hirmiz Shah abandoned all things (jazz) and left the world and went into the wilderness and became a darwish.
it's helpful to know that "jazz" is not what you think it is, it's a word in a Semitic language, probably Arabic (though there's a lot of Aramaic in the story, like Melka d Anhura 'the King of Light'), related to the Arabic verb j-z-' 'divide, separate'; in other words,
is the original Mandean term for the practice of abandoning all things. Nothing to do with Louis Armstrong. OK, I'm off to Mount Kaf now!
Many paths, same mountain.
Thirty, made pure by their sufferings, reach the great peak of the Simurgh. At last they behold him; they realize that they are the 5imurgh, and that the Simurgh is each of them and all of them.
"w00+!!!1" They all cried in unison, "7h1r7y b1rD5 pwnz jooo!!1!!eleven! teh 6r1ffn 15 teh n00b!!!111!!!"
Why thanks, y'all! I was particularly hoping languagehat would turn up, as I've been missing him from round these parts. I even searched his incredible blog for "simurgh" and was shocked to find no mention - though perhaps now he'll post an entry about
Awesome post quidnunc!
I love the fact that the Simurgh is related in the "being" link to Grover in
The Monster at the End of this Book
. That roolz.
Wait...is the Purple People Eater a Simurgh?
the Simurgh, Borges, Dante, Grover from Sesame Street, and Tyler Motherfucking Durden
That's gonna make for one trippy novel. Quite a post!
They fight crime.
Glorious glorious stuff, quiddy. Many thanks and many
I even searched his incredible blog for "simurgh" and was shocked to find no mention
It won't happen again:
Here ya go.
's a gorgeous illustration from
Conference of the Birds
(in the stupendous Islamic Collection of the Metropolitan Museum, which I highly recommend to anyone in or visiting NYC -- not only is it great material well displayed, but it's relatively unpopular, so you'll have it mostly to yourself). There are some nice pictures on
Russian page, and here's a contemporary
. Because the simurgh could heal anything with its touch,
are often called by its name.
*bestows feathers all round*
Hail to thee, blithe Quidnunc! Bird thou never wert, That from Heaven, or near it, Pourest thy full heart In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
apologies to Percy
Here ya go ...
WOAH! Thirty bananas for this amazing fellow!
We are all Quidnunc. Quidnunc is all of us.
The butterfly, a cabbage-white, (His honest idiocy of flight) Will never now, it is too late, Master the art of flying straight, Yet has -- who knows so well as I? -- A just sense of how not to fly: He lurches here and here by guess And God and hope and hopelessness. Even the acrobatic swift Has not his flying-crooked gift.
-- Robert Graves, "Flying Ctooked"
It is that dream It's that dream we carry with us, That something wonderful will happen, That it has to happen, That time will open, That the heart will open, That doors will open, That the mountin will open, That wells will leap up, That the dream will open, That one morning we'll slip in To a harbour that wer've never known.
-- Olav H. Hauge, trans. Robert Bly
As the full moon rises... As the full moon rises The swan sings In sleep On the lake of the mind.
-- Kenneth Rexroth
I live my life in growing orbits I live my life in growing orbits which move out over the things of the world. Perhaps I can never achieve the last, but that will be my attempt. I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don't know if I am a falcon. or a storm, or a great song.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, trans Robert Bly
The bell is full of wind though it does not ring. The bird is full of flight though it is still. The sky is full of clouds though it is alone. The word is full of voice though no one speaks it. Everything is full of fleeing though there are no roads. Everything is fleeing towards its presence.
-- Roberto Juarroz from
Sixth Vertical Poetry
trans W.S. Merwin
Open House I work as hard as I can to have nothig to do. Birds climb their rich ladder of choruses. They have tasted the top of the tree and they are not staying. The whole sky says,
-- Naomi Shihab Nye
Separation Your absence has gone through me Like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.
-- W.S. Merwin
The beautiful thing is starting toward me I being son of the sun The white-shell bead horse is starting toward me From the center of the sun's home it is starting toward me It eats out of the white-shell basket The dark clouds' dew streams from it as it starts toward me The pollen from the beautiful flowers streams from its mouth as it starts toward me Wit its beautiful neight it calls as it starts toward me Soft goods of all sorts are attached to it as it starts toward me Hard good sof all sorts are attached to it as it starts toward me It shall continue to increase without fail as it starts toward me It shall be beautiful of it as it starts toward me It shall be beautiful behind as it starts toward me Good and everlasting one am I as it starts toward me.
-- traditional, Dineh
The Rose of Time when the watchman falls asleep you turn back with the storm to grow old embracing is the rose of time when bird roads define the sky you look behind at the sunset to emerge in disappearance is the rose of time when the knife is bent in water you cross the bridge stepping on flute-songs to cry in the conspiracy is the rose of time when a pen draws the horizon you're awakened by a gong from the East to blow in the echoes is the rose of time in the mirror there is always this moment this moment leads to the door of rebirth the door opens to the sea the rose of time
-- Bai Dao