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Only Breath

December 1, 2011
Only Breath

“Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, nor 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 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.”

– Rumi.

Image – Andy Nixon, visit to order Andy’s 2012 calendar

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