Daily readings of the 13th Century Persian poet as translated by Coleman Barks
Monday, March 7, 2011
A Tender Agony of Parting
A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed,
cut holes in it, and called it a human being.
Since then, it has been wailing
a tender agony of parting,
never mentioning the skill
that gave it life as a flute.
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