Poetry

It Acts Like Love

~ by Rabia of Basra (c.717-801) 

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It acts like love – music –

it reaches toward the face, touches it, and tries to let you know

His promise: that all will be okay.

It acts like love – music and, tells the feet,

“You do not have to be so burdened.”

My body is covered with wounds this world made,

but I still longed to kiss Him, even when God said,

“Could you also kiss the hand that caused each scar, for you will not find me until you do.”

 It does that – music – help us to forgive.


Rabia of Basra (c.717-801) was  an eighth-century mystic and saint of Islam who was known for her asceticism, miracles, and focus on God as love.