Majnun and the Tree

Layla’s husband took her away to escape Majnun.

“I’ll come back to you, Majnun!” she promised.

Majnun waited, standing propped against a tree. His hands clutched the branches; they became branches. His body became the tree.

“That tree is haunted!” people said. “It keeps saying Laaaylaaa.”

When Layla returned, she learned of the ghost in the tree and realized it must be Majnun. She ran to the tree.

“I’m Layla!” she cried.

Majnun’s voice echoed, “I’m Layla!”

“No, I’m Layla,” she said.

“You are Layla?” he said. “Then I am … not.” And he died.

“Majnun!” Layla cried.

And she died.

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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.