One Song

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by Rumi, 13th century

Someting big is coming.

It's still a secret, but arriving everywhere.

The atmosphere is charged with longing and searching.

The pilgrims and the mystery-lovers know.

They are gathering now

The sound of prayer drifts across the dawn.

It's Muslim, Jew, Christian

All mingled

All religions

All this singing

One Song.

The differences are just illusion and vanity.

The sunlight looks a little different on this wall

Thank it does on that.

And a lot different on this other one.

But it's still one light.

We have borrowed these clothes

This time and place personalities

From a Light.

And when we praise,

We're pouring them back in.