Rabia al Basri (717 - 801 / Basra / Iraq)
Die Before You Die
Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts
of our body is
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
Have wings that feared ever
touched the Sun?
I was born when all I once
feared - I could
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Copyright © 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Comments about this poem (Die Before You Die by Rabia al Basri )
Top 500 Poems
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Still I Rise
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
William Ernest Henley