122. Far beyond the command

A poet is born,
Neither made nor paid.

A singer is born,
Not made, but paid.

An artist is born,
Destined to starve and feast.

A philosopher is made,
Paid, but ridiculed.

A thinker is made
More than paid.

A God-lover is far beyond the command
Of life and death.
For he has what God is: Divinity’s Smile.
Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Light, part 3, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1974