“Sitting Together” (Rumi)

We sit in this courtyard, two forms, shadow outlines with one soul.

Birdsound, leaf moving, early evening star, fragrant damp, and a sweet sickle curve of moon.

You and I in a round, unselved idling

in the garden-beauty detail.

The raucous parrots laugh, and we laugh inside their laughter, the two of us on a bench in Konya, yet amazingly in Khorasan and Iraq as well.

Friends abiding this form, yet also in another, outside of time, you and I.

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