Has Anyone seen the Boy who used to come
here? Round-faced troublemaker, quick to
find a joke, slow to be serious, red shirt,
perfect coordination, sly, strong muscled,
with things always in his pocket: reed flute,
worn pick, polished and ready for his talent.
You know that one.
Have you heard stories about him?
Pharoah and the whole Egyptian world
collapsed for such a Joseph.
I’d gladly spend years getting word of him,
even third or fourth hand.
—Rumi (version by Coleman Barks and John