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I AM NOT

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I am not a Christian, Jew, pagan, or Muslim.
I am neither an Easterner nor a Westerner,
neither a land nor a sea person.
Nature can’t fully account for me,
nor can the whirling cosmos.
I don’t exclusively belong to earth, water, fire, or air.
I am not of the invisible-ineffable, nor of the dust–
I am not a process or a being.
I am not of this world or the next, and deserve
neither eternal reward nor eternal punishment.
I am not of Adam or Eve,
not of the original Garden nor the final one.
My home has no address; my tracks leave no trace.
I am neither body nor soul–What can I say?
I belong to the Self of the Beloved.

I have laid all “twos” aside:
this world and that world are one.
I search for One, I recognize One,
I see One clearly, and I call the name of the One.
That unnameable One, the breath of the breath,
is the first and last, the outside and the inside.
I identify no one except by “O That… O This!”
I am drunk on the cup of Love:
here-now and everywhere-all-time have vanished.
I can’t handle any business except celebration.

If I spend an instant without you,
that instant makes my whole life seem worthless.
If I can win one moment with you,
I will crush both worlds under my feet
as I dance in joy forever.

The Diwan of Shams-i-Tabriz” based on literal translation of number 31 in “Selected Poems”, R.A. Nicholson


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