A Just-Finishing Candle by Rumi: Translation by Coleman Barks

A candle is made to become entirely flame.
In that annihilating moment
it has no shadow.

It is nothing but a tongue of light
describing a refuge.

Look at this
just-finishing candle stub
as someone who is finally safe
from virtue and vice,

the pride and the shame
we claim from those.

(A Just-Finishing Candle by Jalaluddin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi)

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