We Have Not Come To Take Prisoners

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US soldier & Afghan trainee with RPG

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We have not come here to take prisoners,

But to surrender ever more deeply

To freedom and joy.

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We have not come into this exquisite world

To hold ourselves hostage from love.

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Run dear friend,

From anything

That may not strengthen

Your precious budding wings.

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Run like hell dear friend,

From anyone likely

To put a sharp knife

Into the sacred, tender vision

Of your beautiful heart.

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We have a duty to befriend

Those aspects of obedience

That stand outside of our house

And shout to our reason

“O please, O please,

Come out and play.”

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For we have not come here to take prisoners

Or to confine our wondrous spirits,

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But to experience ever and ever more deeply

Our divine courage, freedom, and

Light!

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from

the great Sufi master

Hafiz

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translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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free read:

Afghaneeland

Afghanistan’s new Iliad

by Afghanistan’s new Homer

Rawclyde

!

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