THE FIRE

The ear participates, and helps arrange marriages.

But the eye has already made love with the person it sees.

The eye knows pleasure, delight in the body’s shape.

And the ear makes do with words that talk about all this.

When hearing takes place, character areas change.

But when the soul sees, inner areas change.

If all you know about fire is what you’ve heard, see if the fire will agree to cook you.

Certain energies come only when you burn.

If you long for belief, sit down in the fire.

The ear, if it hears subtly, turns into an eye.

But if sounds do not reach the ear in the chest, nothing happens.

Rumi

(translated by Robert Bly)

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