What are you favourite poems and when do you read them? I've always loved poetry, but I don't find much time for it. I'll generally go for prose and essays unless I feel like being nostalgic (note: nostalgia in the literal sense of 'pain in being away from home'). I've been revisiting my poetry collection and have lingered on Rumi and Hafiz. I'm not a huge fan of the devotional genre, but some of the imagery is just beautiful:

Petals

Even when you tear its petals off one after another,
the rose keeps laughing and doesn't bend in pain.
"Why should I be afflicted because of a thorn?
It is the thorn which taught me how to laugh."
Whatever you lost through fate,
be certain that it saved you from pain.
A Sheikh was asked: "What is Sufism?"
He said: "To feel joy in the heart when sorrow appears."

The Subject Tonight is Love

The subject tonight is Love

And for tomorrow night as well,

As a matter of fact

I know of no better topic

For us to discuss

Until we all

Die!

If you feel like sharing, what do you like to read? And why/when do you seek it out?

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ETA: Kinja, your invisible formatting is killing me. Someone make a haiku about this, stat.