Ходжа Н. (hojja_nusreddin) wrote,
Ходжа Н.
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Rumi, "Huddled Beneath the Sky" (tr. by Daniel Ladinsky)

The sadness I have caused any face
by letting a stray word
strike it,

any pain
I have caused you,
what can I do to make us even?
Demand a hundred fold of me - I'll pay it.

During the day I hold my feet accountable
to watch out for wondrous insects and their friends.

Why would I want to bring horror
into their extraordinary
world?

Magnetic fields draw us to Light; they move our limbs and thoughts.
But it is still dark; if our hearts do not hold a lantern,
we will stumble over each other,

huddled beneath the sky
as we are.

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Daniel Ladinsky, "Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West".
Joe Riley, Somewhere near Dalvik
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