8/20/2005

RABIA of BASRA: Die Before You Die

"Ironic, but one of the most most intimate acts
of our body is
death.

So beautiful appeared my death-knowing who then I would kiss,
I died a thousand times before I died.

' Die before you die,' said the Prophet Muhammad.

Have wings that feared ever
touched the Sun?

I was born when all I once
feared-I could
love.

from Love Poems From God, translated by Daniel Ladinsky