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Roses Underfoot

Roses Underfoot


The sound of salaams rising
as waves diminish down in prayer,

hoping for some trace of the one
whose trace does not appear.

If anyone asks you to say who you are,
say without hesitation, soul

within soul within soul. There’s a pearl diver
who does not know how to swim!

No matter, pearls are handed him
on the beach. We lovers laugh

to hear, “This should be more that
and that more this,” coming

from people sitting in a wagon
tilted in a ditch. Going in search

of the heart, I found a huge rose
under my feet, and roses under

all our feet! How to say this
to someone who denies it?

The robe we wear is the sky’s cloth.
Everything is soul and flowering.

~ Rumi


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