Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Just-finishing Candle

A candle is made to become entirely flame.
In that annihilating moment
it has no shadow.

It is nothing but a tongue of light
describing a refuge.

Looking at this
just finishing candle stub
as someone who is finally safe
from virtue and vice,

the pride and the shame
we claim from those.

Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

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