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The Lame Goat: poem by Rumi

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The Lame Goat


You've seen a herd of goats

going down to the water.


The lame and dreamy goat

brings up the rear.


There are worried faces about that one, 

but now they're laughing


because look, as they return,

that goat is leading!


There are many different kinds of knowing.

The lame goat's kind is a branch

that traces back to the roots of presence.


Learn from the lame goat,

and lead the herd home.



--Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks)

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