The patience of a rose close to a thorn
keeps it fragrant. It’s patience that gives milk
to the male camel still nursing in its third year,
and patience is what the prophets show to us.
Feeling lonely and ignoble indicates
that you haven’t been patient.
Be with those who mix with God
as honey blends with milk, and say,
“Anything that comes and goes,
rises and sets,
is not what I love.”
Live in the one who created the prophets,
else you’ll be like a caravan fire left
to flare itself out alone beside the road.
~From Craftmanship and Emptiness by Rumi
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