It Acts Like Love

This lady's name is Ayus. Image source


          It Acts Like Love 
It acts like love---music, 
it reaches toward the face, touches it, and tries to let you know
His promise: that all will be okay.

It acts like love---music, and
tells the feet, "You do not have to be so burdened." 

My body is covered with wounds
this world made,
but I still longed to kiss Him, even when God said,

"Could you also kiss the hand that caused
each scar,
for you will not find me until
you do."

It does that---music---helps us
to forgive.

Rabia of Basra (c.717-801), 
a female central figure in the Sufi tradition
From Love Poems From God
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Lullaby by George Gershwin

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