Monday, October 21, 2013
Fire and Water
Rumi (tr. Andrew Harvey)
You need fire and water for the fruit to ripen:
How can that occur without lightning and clouds?
Before the heart has shattered into lightning
and before rains of tears have fallen from your eyes,
how can the fire and menace of God's anger be appeased?
How could the green of the desire for Union grow?
How could the springs of limpid water start to flow?
How could the rosebuds whisper their secret to the garden?
- Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Tr. Andrew Harvey)
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