The hoopoe paused, and when the group had heard
His discourse, trembling fear filled every bird.
They saw the bow of his great enterprise
Could not be drawn by weakness, sloth or lies,
And some were so cast down that then and there
They turned aside and perished in despair.
With fear and aprehension in each heart,
The remnant rose up ready to depart.
They travelled on for years; a lifetime passed
Before the longed-goal was reached at last.
Farid Ud-Din Attar
Thursday, June 26, 2008