To Question the Unquestioned. LO27419

From: Barry Mallis (
Date: 10/16/01

Replying to LO27409 --


You wrote:

> I just turned the page over to see what followed. It's a new chapter
> entitled, TRUTHFULNESS. It says that love is truth.

When I received my first Turkish ney some fifteen years ago, it took three
months before I could extract a single note from my breath by way of it's
bamboo length. There is patience entombed in the flute. And respect. And
love of the very moment when the first note, then the second and third,
reverberate. Let me recount again what you have read from Rumi's love:

Listen to the story told by the reed
of being separated.

Since I was cut from the reed bed
I have made this crying sound. Anyone
separated from someone he loves
understands what I say:

Anyone pulled
from a source
longs to go back.

At any gathering I am there,
mingling in the laughing
and the grieving, a friend
to each.

But few will hear the secrets
hidden within the notes.
No ears for that.
Body flowing out of spirit,
Spirit flowing from body.

No concealing that mixing,
but it's not given us to see the soul.

The reed flute is fire, not wind.
Be that empty.

hear the love-fire tangled in the notes
as bewilderment melts into wine.
This reed is a friend to all
who want the fabric torn
and drawn away.

The reed is hurt and salve combining
and longing for intimacy, one song.
A disastrous surrender
and a fine love,

With love,


Barry Mallis
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