the touch of spirit on the body

There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of

spirit on the body. Seawater
begs the pearl to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling! At

night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its

face against mine. Breathe into
Close the language-door and

open the love-window. The moon
won’t use the door, only the window.

[Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī {1207-1273}, trans. by Coleman Barks, 'Some Kiss We Want']

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