…First, when I was apart from you,
this world did not exist,
nor did any other.
Second, whatever I was looking for
was always you…
[from I Have Five Things to Say, as quoted in Barks’ The Essential Rumi
…There’s nothing worse than to walk out along the street
without you. I don’t know where I’m going.
You’re the road and the knower of roads,
more than maps, more than love.
[from The Arc of Your Mallet, as quoted in Barks’ The Essential Rumi