Special Plates

Notice how each particle moves.
Notice how everyone has just arrived here
            from a journey.
Notice how each wants a different food.
Notice how the stars vanish as the sun comes up,
            and how all streams stream toward the ocean.
Look at the chefs preparing special plates
            for everyone, according to what they need.
Look at this cup that can hold the ocean.
Look at those who see the face.
Look through Shams’ eyes
             into the Water that is
             entirely jewels.”


From Rumi – Selected Poems

Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne


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