The world exists as you perceive it. It is not what you see but how you see it. It is not what you hear but how you hear it. It is not what you feel but how you feel it.—Rumi (1207-1273), 13th Century Persian poet and Islamic scholar
I found the above quote online when I googled (don’t ask me why) “pandemic sayings”. It reminded of one of my favourite Rumi quotes:
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
I used this quote in dedication to my family and friends when I published my first chapbook. It still rings inside me. I needed the reminder today.