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The giver of light

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i was dead

i came alive

i was tears

i became laughter

 

 

all because of love

when it arrived

my temporal life

from then on

changed to eternal

 

 

love said to me

you are not

crazy enough

you don't

fit this house

 

 

i went and

became crazy

crazy enough

to be in chains

 

 

love said

you are not

intoxicated enough

you don't

fit the group

 

 

i went and

got drunk

drunk enough

to overflow

with light-headedness

 

 

love said

you are still

too clever

filled with

imagination and skepticism

 

 

i went and

became gullible

and in fright

pulled away

from it all

 

 

love said

you are a candle

attracting everyone

gathering every one

around you

 

 

i am no more

a candle spreading light

i gather no more crowds

and like smoke

i am all scattered now

 

 

love said

you are a teacher

you are a head

and for everyone

you are a leader

 

 

i am no more

not a teacher

not a leader

just a servant

to your wishes

 

 

love said

you already have

your own wings

i will not give you

more feathers

 

 

and then my heart

pulled itself apart

and filled to the brim

with a new light

overflowed with fresh life

 

 

now when the heavens

are thankful that

because of love

i have become

the giver of light

 

 

Translated by Nader Khalili

Rumi, Fountain of Fire

Cal-Earth, September 1994

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