Are you the man who brings wisdom to the world?

 

I listened from afar to the words of one I liked.

Eventually I came nearer and called out to him:
Are you the man who brings wisdom to the world?

I bring what I can, he said.
Sometimes I bring confusion,
because what I offer is not welcome.

And the wisdom that I bring
is as far removed from the source of all
as the shadows of the rising smoke,
cast upon the wall,
are from the fire itself.

How can I learn from you, I asked.

You can only be me, he said.

Take my hand, and repeat after me:
I am the one who brings wisdom to the world.
And the wisdom that I bring
is as far removed from the source of all
as the shadows of the rising smoke,
cast upon the wall,
are from the fire itself.

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