Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dear Finch.

And you are welcome, finch! Rise up and play
Those liquid notes that steal men's heart away;
Like Moses you have seen the flames burnt high
On Sinai slopes there you long to fly,
Like him, avoid cruel Pharoah’s hand, and seek
Your promised home Sinai’s mountain peak.
There you will understand unspoken words
Too subtle for the hearts of mortal birds.

The Conference of The Birds
Farid Ud-Din Attar

Translation by Afkham Darbandi & Dick Davis (1984)
Penguin Books

Rudy Djoharnaen

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