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The Difference Between Birds and Their Wings

This poetry was given to me and the rest of IU’s Muslim Student Union executive board members at our last gathering in May 2004. The board members for the following year gave it to us as a token of appreciation for our services and words of encouragement for what we were going to go through after graduation.

The difference between birds

And their wings,

And the wings of the aspirations

Of intelligent men,

Is that birds fly on their wings

Towards a certain direction,

Whereas intelligent men fly on the wings

Of their aspirations away from all

Direction.

Rumi

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