This is How it Works

I was dead and I became alive

I was tears and I became laughter

The reign of love began and I became eternal

This is how it works:

Love said:  If you are not mad,

you are not welcome in this house!

So I became mad and

stumbled through the wilderness

Love said:   If you are too clever and sober, you are not welcome!

So I became intoxicated with love

I drowned myself in the sacred wine

Love said:  Oh Candle, you are using your light to attract others

I screamed:  Take my light!

And I became nothing but smoke

Love said:  You have glued feathers to your arms,
why should I give you my wings?
So I tore off my feathers.

Now I can fly

–Rumi

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