Gold Drop Pond..


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 the next,

did not descend from

Adam and Eve or any


origin story. My place is

the placeless, a trace

of the traceless.


Neither body or 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.


sufi mystic – jelaluddin rumi – 13th century

As translated by Coleman Barks, © 1995.


little girl dancing

Jalal ad-Din Rumi __ I am not from this world