“The Exuberant Confusion” (Rumi)

A tree of fragrance from a garden rose, the friend is the taste of this elaborate, particulate universe

and of the spirit that informs and streams beyond it.

An ash sapling and the stars wonder about the sun

as fish explore the restlessness they live within.

You turn faces towards light, Joseph coming after so many years, Khidr offering spring water.

Why are you still hidden? Say openly where and who we are, you, grace and content of the seen and unseen, you, this exuberant confusion.

What kind of love is this

where the heart’s eloquence and the way it is heard

keep explaining again

how the whole ocean makes a single pearl?

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