“An Egypt That Does Not Exist” (Rumi)

I want to say words that flame as I say them, but I keep quiet and do not try

to make both worlds fit in one mouthful.

I keep secret in myself

an Egypt that does not exist. Is that good or bad? I do not know.

For years, I gave away sexual love with my eyes. Now I don’t. I am not in any one place. I do not have a name for what I give away. Whatever Shams gave, that you can have from me.

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