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
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Copyright © 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky. Reprinted by permission of the author.