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Rumi poem, "What Is Spent"

A remarkably up-to-date poem by Rumi.  It could well apply to today's "spiritual but not religious" types, forever church-shopping:

What is spent

These spiritual window-shoppers, 
who idly ask, 'How much is that?' 
Oh, I'm just looking.
They handle a hundred items 
and put them down,
shadows with no capital.
 
What is spent is love and 
two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop, and 
their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment, 
in that shop.
 
Where did you go? 
"Nowhere." 
What did you have to eat? 
"Nothing much."
 
Even if you don't know what you want, 
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.
Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah.
It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you. 
 
Rumi, 
'We Are Three', Mathnawi VI, 831-845

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