Only Breath

 

 

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,

 

Not Hindu Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.

 

Not any religion or cultural system.

 

I am not from the East or the West,

 

Not out of the ocean or up from the ground,

 

Not natural or ethereal,

 

Not composed of elements at all.

 

I do not exist,

 

Am not an entity in this world or in the next,

 

Did not descend from Adam and Eve

 

Or any origin story.

 

My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless.

 

Neither body nor soul.

 

I belong to the beloved,

 

Have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner,

 

Only that

 

Breath breathing human being.

 

 

Rumi