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  • Sheikh Mehdi abd al Qadir Malang
    Find a true friend -- Ghazal 994 find yourself a friend who is willing to tolerate you with patience put to the test the essence of the best incense by putting
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      Find a true friend -- Ghazal 994

      find yourself a friend
      who is willing to
      tolerate you with patience

      put to the test the essence
      of the best incense
      by putting it in fire

      drink a cup of poison
      if handed to you by a friend
      when filled with love and grace

      step into the fire
      like the chosen prophet
      the secret love will change
      hot flames to a garden
      covered with blossoms
      roses and hyacinths and willow

      spinning and throwing you
      a true friend can hold you
      like God and His universe

      -- Ghazal 994
      Translation by Nader Khalili
      Rumi, Fountain of Fire
      Cal-Earth Press, 1994
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