Only Breath

Not Christian or Jew or
Muslim, not Hindu,
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.

Not any religion
or cultural system.
I am not from the east
or the west, not
out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not
natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all.

I do not exist,
am not an entity in this
world or the next,
did not descend from
Adam and Eve or any
origin story.

My place is
the placeless, a trace
of the traceless.
Neither body nor soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two
worlds as one and
that one
call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner,

only that breath breathing
human being.

- rumi

Katrina Leavitt