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my dad's walnut tree

The waterhole is deep. A thirsty man climbs

a walnut tree growing next to the pool

and drops walnuts in one by one.

 

He listens carefully to the sound

as they hit and watches the bubbles.

 

A more rational man gives advice, You will regret

doing this. You are so far from the water

that by the time you get down to gather walnuts,

the water will have carried them away.

 

He replies, I am not here for walnuts.

I want the music they make when they hit.

Rumi

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Taken on November 21, 2010