A tough grapevine and a soft date stem
Met for a curious…date. Look at them!
They dined and they chatted and had lots of fun
Then decided that they’d live together as one
Each gave its share to the newly-formed pair
The grapevine—power and firm stability
The date stem—wisdom and flexibility
A match that was made in heaven above
Will endure forever, with undying love.
Hard branches provide a solid and stable foundation for a basket that opens progressively, as we use our bones to stand upright. Bones are our basic foundation, but must be wrapped with soft, supple flesh to mediate between ourselves and the outside world.
My personal sense of self is very solid and stable. Nevertheless, to conduct myself in this world and communicate with others, I require the mediation of softness and flexibility.
The combination of bone strength and flesh softness is what creates a human being.
The combination of rigid vine branches and flexible date stems creates a basket that stands upright and makes a statement.
A wave-tossed ship bears treats inside
And sends its cargo far and wide
About a year ago, I began examining various possibilities for interweaving date stalk clusters.
One particularly popular, simple ...
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