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The Moment (a Rumi poem)

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(translated by Coleman Barks)

In every instance there's dying and coming back around.
Muhammad said, This world

is a moment, a pouring that refreshes and renews itself so
rapidly it seems continuous,

as a burning stick taken from the fire looks like a golden
wire when you swirl

it in the air, so we feel duration as a string of sparks

(13th century muslim mystic, persian poet)