In My Soul
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church
where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
Is there not a religion of love where the sovereignty is illumined nothing,
where ecstasy gets poured into itself
where the wing is fully alive
but has no mind or
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque
a church that dissolve,
that dissolve in God.
-- Rabi'a al-Adawiyya, from the book, 'Love Poems from God' -- Daniel Ladinsky
Die Before You Die
Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts
of our body is
So beautiful appeared my death - knowing who then I would kiss,
I died a thousand times before I died.
"Die before you die," says the Prophet Muhammad.
Have wings that feared ever
touched the Sun?
I was born when all I once
feared - I could