SPERIT
Faith
Reality
POETRY
Hafiz
Hulen
Kunitz
Oliver
RUMI
Worm's
Waking
Guest
House
Water-
wheel
This We
Have
Now
Sunrise
Ruby
I Have
Such a
Teacher
Only
Breath
In the
Arc of
Your
Mallet
Come to
the or-
chard in
Spring
Say I
Am You
 
THIS  WE  HAVE  NOW
 
This we have now
is not imagination.
   
This is not
grief or joy.
 
Not a judging state,
  or an elation,
or sadness.
 
Those come
and go.
   
This is the presence
that doesn’t.
 
It's dawn, Husam,
  here in the splendor of coral,
inside the Friend, the simple truth
of what Hallaj said.
 
What else could human beings want?
   
When grapes turn to wine,
they’re wanting
this.
 
When the nightsky pours by,
it’s really a crowd of beggars,
and they all want some of this!
 
This
that we are now
created the body, cell by cell,
like bees building a honeycomb.
 
The human body and the universe
grew from this, not this
from the universe and the human body.
 
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