Alchemy by Rumi

Alchemy

The essence of milk is the cream,

Of the flower the essence is honey.

Life runs and departs like a dream

When you’re lost in pursuit after “money.”

If the essence of grapes is the wine,

And the essence of getting is giving,

In accumulating your “me” and “mine,”

What then is the essence of living?

Cream rises to the top of the years,

Sweet nectars of visions fly past,

The journey through laughter and tears,

And a life that has gone by so fast.

Intoxicating wine warms the heart,

The flame of love flickers, grows cold,

May the one who from life stood apart

Find in wisdom the only true gold.

Thank you to Ed Hirsh for submitting this poem.

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