The Many Wines
by Jalaluddin Rumi
God has given us a dark wine so potent that,
drinking it, we leave the two worlds.
God has put into the form of hashish a power
to seize the taster from self consciousness.
God has made sleep so
that it erases all thought.
God made Majnun love Laila so much that
just her dog would cause confusion in him.
There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.
Don’t think all ecstasies
are the same!
Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.
Drink from the prescence of saints,
not from those other jars.
Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.
Be a connoiseur,
and taste with caution.
Any wine will get you high,
judge like a king, and choose the purest.
the ones unadulterated with fear,”
or some urgency about “what’s needed.”