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  • casp321 casp321 Nov 20, 2012 10:04 AM Flag

    ON2 Shareholders: I want you know it too!

    How shame one can not name? "A Star Without a Name" Always in my mind. Appreciated!

    Don’t cry: “Woe, parted!” at my burial—
    For me, this is the time of joyful meeting!
    Don’t say “Farewell” when I’m put in the grave—
    It is a curtain for eternal grace (Diwan-i, 911).


    A Star Without a Name

    When a baby is taken from the wet nurse,
    it easily forgets her
    and starts eating solid food.
    Seeds feed awhile on ground,
    then lift up into the sun.
    So you should taste the filtered light
    and work your way toward wisdom
    with no personal covering.
    That's how you came here, like a star
    without a name. Move across the night sky
    with those anonymous lights.


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    • You are drunk
      and i'm intoxicated
      no one is around
      showing us the way home
      Again and again
      i told you
      drink less
      a cup or two
      I know in this city
      no one is sober
      one is worse than the other
      one is frenzied and
      the other gone mad
      Come on my friend
      step into the tavern of ruins
      taste the sweetness of life
      in the company of another friend
      Here you'll see
      at every corner
      someone intoxicated
      and the cup-bearer
      makes her rounds
      I went out of my house
      a drunkard came to me
      someone whose glance
      uncovered a hundred
      houses in paradise
      rocking and rolling
      he was a sail
      with no anchor but
      he was the envy of all those sober ones
      remaining on the shore
      Where are you from i asked
      he smiled in mockery and said
      one half from the east
      one half from the west
      one half made of water and earth
      one half made of heart and soul
      one half staying at the shores and
      one half nesting in a pearl
      I begged
      take me as your friend
      i am your next of kin
      he said i recognize no kin
      among strangers
      I left my belongings and
      entered this tavern
      i only have a chest
      full of words
      but can't utter
      a single one
      ~ Rumi
      Ghazal 2309
      Translated by Nader Khalili
      Rumi, Fountain of Fire
      Cal-Earth, September 1994

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