Prayers of Forgiveness

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Monday evening August 3rd 7:30pm

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

a sweetheart is a mirror
a friend a delicious cake
it isn’t worth spending
an hour with anyone else

Ghazal 119

i don't need
a companion who is
nasty sad and sour


the one who is
like a grave
dark depressing and bitter


a sweetheart is a mirror
a friend a delicious cake
it isn't worth spending
an hour with anyone else


a companion who is
in love only with the self
has five distinct characters


stone hearted
unsure of every step

lazy and disinterested
keeping a poisonous face


the more this companion waits around
the more bitter everything will get
just like a vinegar
getting more sour with time


enough is said about
sour and bitter faces
a heart filled with desire for

sweetness and tender souls
must not waste itself with unsavory matters


Translated by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Fountain of Fire
Cal-Earth, September 1994