Hot flames to a garden

find yourself a friend

who is willing to

tolerate you with patience

put to the test the essence

of the best incense

by putting it in fire

drink a cup of poison

if handed to you by a friend

when filled with love and grace

step into the fire

like the chosen prophet

the secret love will change

hot flames to a garden

covered with blossoms

roses and hyacinths and willow

from ghazal number 994

go my friend

bestow your love

even on your enemies

if you touch their hearts

what do you think will happen

from ghazal number 838


From: Fountain of Fire (excerpted)

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