The traveler and the thief
February 13, 2001
You taught me the language of water and plants
Enabling me to look straight in the eye of
Whoever is telling fortunes
On the fringes of the world
Or is reciting a poem
On the podium.
With your sleight of hand
You disclosed all the secrets of the world
Bringing out startling pieces of news
From each box,
And the woods, seas, and men
All came to accept their meanings
Through dialogue with you.
It is you who found the fountains in the crowded woods
And showed me the coral islands of the seas.
It was upon your decree that
I could forget an ancient wrath
Governing all hearts and fountains
And could wear a ring of reconciliation
That was pulled from
The cupboard of my memories.
You are the leader of a caravan
In which I am both traveler and thief
And it is only with you
That I confess
To the good name of
to "Shokooh" main index