Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Wine and Roses
"Drink wine, it's what remains of the harvest of youth — the season of roses and wine and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life,"
-as smoldering, oh-so-continental bibliophile Paul (Olivier Martinez) looks on, and her fate is sealed. The verse is from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, by the 11th-century Persian poet-mathematician-philosopher-scientist… a collection of quatrains (in Farsi, a rubá'i is a four-line poem) that examine such weighty matters as life, love and drinking. This particular passage reiterates a theme to which he returns repeatedly:
Life is fleeting and shouldn't be wasted regretting the past or worrying about the future.