The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality

Chapter 87

Palestine


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Iqbal is watching sunrise in a desert of Palestine.

1

Tracks have been left behind by those who went ahead to the City of the Prophet. The voice of Gabriel tells the Poet that he may not go any further.

2

Living in an old world has become a torment for him because his inner experiences are unique.

3

The Poet addresses the Prophet and says, “Give my heart no time to agitate. Add a curl or two to your tress!”

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“Darkness has covered the world since the sun has set down,” the Poet continues. “Renew this age by revealing your beauty to all.”

5

Separation suites a yearning heart better than union, for separation feeds the longing while union kills it.

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