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IF


IF YOU CAN DISENTANGLE

yourself from your selfish self
all heavenly spirits
will stand ready to serve you


if you can finally hunt down
your own beastly self
you have the right
to claim Solomon's kingdom


you are that blessed soul who
belongs to the garden of paradise
is it fair to let yourself
fall apart in a shattered house


you are the bird of happiness
in the magic of existence
what a pity when you let
yourself be chained and caged


but if you can break free
from this dark prison named body
soon you will see
you are the sage and the fountain of life

Rumi (1207-1273)

translated by Nader Khalili

Source: allspirit.co.uk