Like A Fig

17 November 2016

Amen, says who-is-it, the joy
of inside and out. Like a fig,
this presence is all tasty.

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Who turns bitterness to love? Who changes
the poisonous snake around your neck to pearls?

The kind king who makes a demon sweetheart,
who changes funeral to feast and blindness
from birth to world-beholding sight.

Who pulls the thorn from your palm
and puts a pillow of roses under your head.

For one, he kindles fire.
For another, the flames blossom
to eglantine around the head.

The same that lights the stars helps those
who cannot help anyone anymore.

What used to be thought of as sin
scatters off like December leaves
and disappears, completely forgiven.

Amen, says who-is-it, the joy
of inside and out. Like a fig,
this presence is all tasty.

A rapture that is physical strength
in the hand and the foot
and reality for the soul.

I send my love out now to ride the sunlight
and take this account of Shams to those
waiting faithfully at home in Tabriz.

- Rumi

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