Camels on a housetop..

Once the noble Ibrahim, as he sat on his throne,

Heard a clamour and noise of cries on the roof,

Also heavy footsteps on the roof of his palace.

He said to himself, ‘Whose heavy feet are these?’

He shouted from the window, ‘Who goes there?’

The Guards, filled with confusion, bowed their heads, saying,

‘It is we going the rounds in search.’

He said, ‘What seek ye? ‘They said ‘Our camels.’

He said, ‘Whoever searched for camels on a housetop?’

They said, ‘We follow thy example,

Who seekest union with God, while sitting on a throne.’


by Jalal-Uddin Rumi


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