A Mine of Rubies

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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

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