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The Pulpit and the Stage

Said Nasreddin, come brother and listen
To this riddle of two platforms -
One the pulpit, tall and narrow,
The other the stage, broad and wide.

Where one is invested with steadfast grace
The other unleashes the fanatic within;
And always I see, when the monk moves
From one to the other, his soul slides
From its quest for peace and truth
To a mission for posturing and power.

So tell me, what be wide and what narrow,
And what dost thou wish to seek tomorrow?

//updated to edit the last line. Thanks deponti!


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Jul. 31st, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
Sending you the nit-picking email.I liked this very much.
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