...My longing is more profound.
The birds want sweet green herbs
and water running by.
I want the infinite! I want wisdom.
These birds want orchards and meadows
and vines with fruit on them.
I want a vast expansion.
The want profit and security
of having enough food.
Remember what the soul wants,
because in that, eternity
is wanting our souls!
Persian Sufi poet, jurist and theologian.
His followers founded the "Whirling Dervishes."
From the poem, "Desire and the Importance of Failing,"
translated by Coleman Bark