Majnun and the Letter-Carrier

Majnun loved Layla, and she loved him, but her parents arranged for her to marry someone else who lived in a city that was a hundred miles away.

Majnun sought out the letter-carrier. “I need you to take a message to Layla.”

The letter-carrier agreed, and Majnun walked alongside him, dictating his message of love.

He walked ten miles, speaking only of Layla.

“Will your message never end?” the letter-carrier asked. Majnun didn’t stop.

Ten miles.

Another ten miles.

Majnun walked a hundred miles speaking only of Layla.

He did not need the letter-carrier after all: Majnun himself had come.

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Tiny Tales from the Sufis (Amazon, Author) by Laura Gibbs. Copyright 2020. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 and mirrored here with permission.