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(more than) a poem

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When I am with you, we stay up all night,
When you’re not here, I can’t get to sleep.
Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.

At first blush, Rumi’s ecstatic poems appear as love poems, from one lover to another. And so they are! Read them aloud, send them secretly, keep them hidden in your heart. Being a mystic and ‘lover of God,’ Rumi (1207-1273) also speaks of the state of oneness between the divine and the disciple. source: © Barks, C. (1997) (trans). The essential Rumi. Castle Books, p. 106. image:


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