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Rumi

When the ocean comes to you as a lover,
marry, at once, quickly,
for God’s sake!
Don’t postpone it!
Existence has no better gift.
No amount of searching
will find this.
A perfect falcon, for no reason,
has landed on your shoulder,
and become yours.

— Rumi, “No Better Gift,” Rumi the Book of Love Poems of Ecstasy and Longing, transl. by Coleman Barks (HarperOne, 2003)

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