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                    THE  SUNRISE  RUBY
 
In the early morning hour,
just before dawn, lover and beloved wake
  and take a drink of water.
 
She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?
Really, tell the absolute truth.”
 
  He says, “There is nothing left of me.
I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
Is it still a stone, or a world
made of redness? It has no resistance
to sunlight.”
   
This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
and told the truth!
 
The ruby and the sunrise are one.
  Be courageous and discipline yourself.
 
Completely become hearing and ear,
and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.
 
  Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
 
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
 
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.

~Rumi