There is a smile and a gentleness

inside. When I learned the name


and address of that, I went to where

you sell perfume. I begged you not


to trouble me so with longing. Come

out and play! Flirt more naturally.


Teach me how to kiss. On the ground

a spread blanket, flame that’s caught


and burning well, cumin seeds browning,

I am inside all of this with my soul.


~~ Rumi

From Essential Rumi

translation by Coleman Barks