On this, World Book Day, here is a poem from a little favorite of mine…
A Mine of Rubies
Last night I learned how to be a lover of God,
To live in this world and call nothing my own.
I looked inward
And the beauty of my own emptiness
filled me till dawn.
It enveloped me like a mine of rubies.
Its hue clothed me in red silk.
Within the cavern of my soul
I heard the voice of a lover crying,
“Drink now! Drink now!” –
I took a sip and saw the vast ocean-
Wave upon wave caressed my soul.
The lovers of God dance around
And the circle of their steps
becomes a ring of fire round my neck.
Heaven calls me with its rain and thunder-
a hundred thousand cries
yet I cannot hear…
All I hear is the call of my Beloved.
– Rumi, In the Arms of the Beloved