Love is Reckless

Love is reckless; not reason.

Reason seeks a profit.

Love comes on strong,

consuming herself, unabashed.


Yet, in the midst of suffering,

Love proceeds like a millstone,

hard surfaced and straightforward.


Having died of self-interest,

she risks everything and asks for nothing.

Love gambles away every gift God bestows.


Without cause God gave us Being;

without cause, give it back again.



Mathnawi VI, 1967-1974