reed

“You may be happy enough going along,
but with others you’ll get farther, and faster.

Every prophet sought out companions.
A wall standing alone is useless,
but put three or four walls together,
and they’ll support a roof and keep
the grain dry and safe.

When ink joins with a pen, then the blank paper
can say something. Rushes and reeds must be woven
to be useful as a mat. If they weren’t interlaced,
the wind would blow them away.

Like that, God paired up
creatures, and gave them friendship.”

~ excerpts from “On Being Woven” from The Essential Rumi

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