Tuesday, 27 November 2012

O You .....by Rumi

O You 
who have transmuted one clod of earth into gold, 
and another into the Father of mankind, 

Your generous work is 
the transmutation of essences; 

my work is
mostly forgetfulness and mistakes.

Transmute my mistakes and forgetfulness
into knowledge:

With my imperfect nature,
turn me into patience and forbearance.

~ Rumi
Mathnawi V: 780-782
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Art by Robert Suits Jr

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