Thursday, March 17, 2011

remember Egypt

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You who worry with travel plans,
read again the place in the Qur'an
where Moses is taking the Jewish nation out of slavery.
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You so frantic to have more money,
recall what they abandoned to wander in the wilderness.
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You who feel hurt by some neglect,
remember the pavilions and houses they left behind.
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You that lead the community through difficulties,
read about the abundant fountains
they walked away from to have freedom.
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You who dress in clothes that appear to have elegant meaning,
you with so much charm,
remember how your face will decay to dirt.
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You with lots of property, read again,
They left their gardens and the quietly running streams.
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You who smile a funerals going by,
you that love language, measure the wind in stanzas,
and recall the exodus, the wandering forty-year sacrifice.
Remember Egypt.

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~ Rumi
from The Big Red Book
translations by Coleman Barks

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