“An Empty Garlic” (Rumi)

You miss the garden, because you want a small fig from a random tree. You do not meet the beautiful woman. You are joking with an old crone. It makes me want to cry how she detains you, stinking-mouthed, with a hundred talons, putting her head over the roof edge to call down, tasteless fig, fold over fold, empty

as dry-rotten garlic.

She has you tight by the belt, even though there is no flower and no milk in her body.

Death will open your eyes to what her face is. Leather spine of a black lizard. No more advice.

Let yourself be silently drawn

by the stronger pull of what you really love.

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