At birth you must drink a whole pail of forgetfulness
and spend your living days in the vale of forgetfulness.

Wet wrinkled newborns cling to their mothers
and shed their first tears with a wail of forgetfulness.

That radiance we knew from the time before time
is blown out, swept away by a gale of forgetfulness.

Piracy, romance, adventure and mystery:
all different versions of the tale of forgetfulness.

Pilgrims and pioneers, stay-homes and wanderers:
all travelers together on the trail of forgetfulness.

The soul can be injured by an unwary purchase,
but who seeks a profit from the sale of forgetfulness?

In the close confines of the dergah, the dervish
is seeking escape from the jail of forgetfulness.

In the waste, far removed from the doings of mankind
the hermit hopes to break down the pale of forgetfulness.

The last and the least of the seekers after truth,
God grant me a glimpse through the veil of forgetfulness.

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