Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Let go of it?

One cold day a bearskin was floating down the river.
I said to a man who had no clothes,
"Jump in and pull it out."
But the bearskin was a live bear,
and the man who jumped in so eagerly
was caught in the clutches of what he went to grab.
"Let go of it," I said, "Fighting won't get you anywhere."
"Let go of it? This coat won't let go of me!"

~ Rumi, "The Pull of Love"

A Bear Fighting a Tiger, 1610

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