Simurgh carrying a young man. Wikimedia. Immediate source:

The Simurgh
by Farid ud-Din Attar

English version by Raficq Abdulla

Ah, the Simurgh, who is this wondrous being
Who, one fated night, when time stood still,
Flew over China, not a single soul seeing?
A feather fell from this King, his beauty and his will,
And all hearts touched by it were in tumult thrown.
Everyone who could, traced from it a liminal form;
All who saw the still glowing lines were blown
By longing like trees on a shore bent by storm.

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