Union Is The Pure Wine, My Life Is The Cup
Union is the pure wine.
My life is the cup.
Without your wine
what use is this cup?
I once had a thousand desires,
But in my one desire to know you
all else melted away.
The pure essence of your being
has taken over my heart and soul.
Now there is no second or third,
only the sound of your sweet cry.
Through your love I have found
a treasure within myself.
I have found the truth of the Unseen world.
I have come upon the eternal ecstasy.
I have gone beyond the ravages of time.
I have become one with you!
Now my heart sings,
“I am the soul of the world.”
From my first breath I have longed for You –
This longing has become my life.
This longing has seen me grow old. . . .
But one mention of Beloved
and all my youth comes back to me.
~ Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi Rumi
— Version by Jonathan Star