All I want is the essence of Your love…

Everyone prays to You from fear of the fire, and if You do not put them in the fire, this is their reward.  Or they pray to You for the garden full of fruits and flowers, and for them, this is their reward.  But I do not pray to You like this, for I am not afraid of the fire and I have no desire for the garden.  All I want is the essence of Your love, and to return to be one with You, to become Your face.Rabia

~ Rabiah al-Basri

Rise

Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning back holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
And suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole