I Am and I Am Not

I’m drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come 

I’m tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist

Not having played
the game of chess
I’m already the checkmate

Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I’m already drunk

Not having entered
the battlefield

I’m already wounded and slain

I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality

Like the shadow
I am


I am not


From: Love Poems of Rumi – Deepak Chopra

Translated by: Fereydoun Kia

Edited: Dr Deepak Chopra

Republished with permission of: Chopra centre

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