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Poetry

The Mirror of This World


by Mahmud Shabestari

Every particle of the world is a mirror,

In each atom lies the blazing light

of a thousand suns.


Cleave the heart of a raindrop,

a hundred pure oceans will flow forth.

Look closely at a grain of sand,

The seed of a thousand beings can be seen.


The foot of an ant is larger than an elephant;

In essence, a drop of water

is no different than the Nile.


In the heart of a barley-corn

lies the fruit of a hundred harvests;

Within the pulp of a millet seed

an entire universe can be found.


In the wing of a fly, an ocean of wonder;

In the pupil of the eye, an endless heaven.

Though the inner chamber of the heart is small,

the Lord of both worlds

gladly makes his home there.

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