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’s 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.