~ 187. The Moths and the Candle ~


The moths were enraptured by the candle.
"We must learn more!" they said.
One moth flew to the window where the candle sat and came back to report what she saw.
"You have learned nothing!" said the others.
They sent another moth who touched the candle with her wings, but the heat made her retreat. She flew back and reported.
"You still have told us nothing!" said the moths.
They sent another moth who threw herself into the flame, becoming one with the candle, burning.
The moths watched from a distance. "She has learned all, but can tell us nothing."


Inspired by: The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar, translated by S. C. Nott
Notes: This is in section 44: Story of the Moths. I decided to use feminine pronouns for the moths.



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