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What will our children do in the morning ?

What will our children do in the morning?
Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play, the way wings should?

Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered the strength from the planets that all men and women need to balance the wonderful charms of the earth

so that her power and beauty does not make us forget our own?

I know all about the ways of the heart - how it wants to be alive.

Love so needs to love that it will endure almost anything, even abuse, just to flicker for a moment.  But the sky's mouth is kind, its song will never hurt you, for I sing those words.

What will our children do in the morning if they do not see us fly?

From: (Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)

How will this soil become a rose garden?
by Rumi

Seeing a man who was tilling the earth, a fool, unable to control himself, cried out, "Why are you ruining this soil?"
"Fool," said the man, "leave me alone:
try to recognize the difference between tending the soil and wasting it.
How will this soil become a rose garden until it is disturbed and overturned?"


n yeki âmad zamin-râ mi shekâft
ablahi feryâd kard va bar na-tâft
"Kin zamin-râ az cheh virân mi koni
mi shekafi va parishân mi koni"
Goft "Ay ablah be-raw bar man ma-rân
to `emârat az kharâbi bâz dân
Kay shavad golzâr o gandom-zâr in
tâ na-gardad zesht o virân n zamin
Kay shavad bostân o kesht o barg o bar
tâ na-gardad nazm-e u zir o zabar

Mathnawi IV: 2341-2345  
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)






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