Ripe Fig

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Ripe Fig

Now that You live here in my chest,
anywhere we sit is a mountaintop.

And those other images,
which have enchanted people
like porcelain dolls from China,
which have made men and women weep
for centuries, those have changed now.

What used to be pain is a lovely bench
where we can rest under the roses.

A left hand has become a right.
A dark wall, a window.

A cushion in a shoe heel,
the leader of the community!

Now silence. What we say
is deadly to some
and nourishing to others.

What we say is a ripe fig,
but not every bird that lights
easts figs.

~ Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi Rumi