Just Looking For Trouble

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I once had a student

Who would sit alone in her house at night

shivering with worries

And fears,

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And, come morning,

She would often look as though

She had been raped

By a ghost.

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Then one day my pity

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Crafted for her a knife

From my own divine sword.

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Since then,

I have become very proud

Of this student.

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For now, come night,

Not only has she lost all her fear,

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Now she goes out

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Just looking for

Trouble.

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Hafiz

The Great Sufi Master

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http://www.networklobby.org/notb13

http://awwproject.org/2013/02/i-am-alone

http://www.wilsonquarterly.com/essays/afghanistan-in-three-voices

http://girlswithguns.org

http://www.girlswithguns.org/news/news0003.htm

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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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