Peace, one and all…
Trees standing row by row before an early autumn sun,
as worshippers behind a heavenly imam,
as disciples of a beloved teacher and friend.
They stand beneath both rain and sun,
taking nourishment in each new moment,
from every source and from every direction.
Unafraid, they partake of the oneness of growth,
complaining neither of burning heat
nor of bitter cold.
The wisdom of a tree is profundly simple:
a guide is only that which leads us forth;
a silsila* is all that connects us to God once more.
Abdur Rahman, 21st October 2009
* – the iniatic chain of teachers in a Sufi order