The Limit of Instruction

by Salman Akhtar

Salman Akhtar

The Master said: Write every day even if later you throw it away.
The disciple said: But am I not to wait for the muse to arrive and for inspiration to arise?

The Master said: Writing is not worship. It is building a temple.
The disciple said: But aren’t poets like prophets and isn’t the Holy Quran in verse?

The Master said: You confuse buried treasure with daily wages.
The disciple said: But I want to be respected by all, become famous, and take many lovers.

The Master said: Go away. My wife is listening to all this.

Last updated November 02, 2022