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Your task is not to seek love,
but to find all the barriers
you’ve built against it.
Stop acting so small.
You are the ecstatic motion of the universe.
Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
You were born with wings,
why crawl through life?
When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river of joy moving in you.
When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.
Copyright 2016 Michael Simms. These epigrams have been adapted from various translations of the poetry of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, the 13th-century Persian poet and Islamic scholar.