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Life & Death By Rumi

look at love how it tangles with the one fallen in love

look at spirit how it fuses with earth giving it new life

why are you so busy with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend

why talk about all the known and the unknown
see how the unknown merges into the known

why think separately of this life and the next
when one is born from the last

look at your heart and tongue one feels but deaf and dumb
the other speaks in words and signs

look at water and fire earth and wind
enemies and friends all at once

the wolf and the lamb the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me

be like sugarcane sweet yet silent
don’t get mixed up with bitter words

my beloved grows right out of my own heart
how much more union can there be
come on sweetheart

let’s adore one another before there is no more
of you and me

a mirror tells the truth look at your grim face
brighten up and cast away
your bitter smile

a generous friend gives life for a friend
let’s rise above this animalistic behavior
and be kind to one another

spite darkens friendships why not cast away
malice from our heart

once you think of me dead and gone
you will make up with me
you will miss me
you may even adore me

why be a worshiper of the dead
think of me as a goner
come and make up now

since you will come and throw kisses
at my tombstone later
why not give them to me now
this is me
that same person

i may talk too much
but my heart is silence
what else can i do
i am condemned to live this life

i’ve come again like a new year
to crash the gate of this old prison

i’ve come again to break the teeth and claws
of this man-eating monster we call life

i’ve come again to puncture the
glory of the cosmos who mercilessly destroys humans

i am the falcon hunting down the birds
of black omen before their flights

i gave my word at the outset to
give my life with no qualms
i pray to the Lord to break my back
before i break my word

how do you dare to let someone like me
intoxicated with love enter your house

you must know better if i enter i’ll break all this and
destroy all that

if the sheriff arrives i’ll throw the wine
in his face
if your gatekeeper pulls my hand
i’ll break his arm

if the heavens don’t go round to my heart’s desire
i’ll crush its wheels and pull out its roots

you have set up a colorful table calling it life and
asked me to your feast but punish me if
i enjoy myself

what tyranny is this you mustn’t be afraid of death you’re a deathless soul

you can’t be kept in a dark grave you’re filled with God’s glow


be happy with your beloved
you can’t find any better
the world will shimmer
because of the diamond you hold

when your heart is immersed
in this blissful love
you can easily endure
any bitter face around 


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