“Givens” (Rumi)

The drums beating now inside us, we will hear tomorrow too.

We have such fear of what comes next, fear of death.

These loves are like pieces of cotton. Throw them in the fire.

Death will be a meeting like that flaring up, a presence you have always wanted to be with. This body and this universe keep us from freedom.

Those of you decorating your cells so beautifully, do you think they will not be torn down?

Fire-change and the demolishing of prisons

are givens here. Trust that they will come to you.

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