We're inching closer to the last week of Ramadan (emphasis on the third syllable) so this is the first of two or three lists on the topic. Let's ease into things with a poem by the 13th Century Sufi philosopher, Rumi...
  1. There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness.
  2. We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music.
  3. If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
  4. The fog clears and new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you.
  5. Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.
  6. Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
  7. When you're full of food and drink, an ugly metal statue sits where your spirit should.
  8. When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help.
  9. Fasting is Solomon's ring. Don't give it to some illusion and lose your power, but even if you have, if you've lost all will and control, they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
  10. A table descends to your tents, Jesus' table.
  11. Expect to see it, when you fast, this table spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.
  12. 😍
  13. Check out The 5 Pillars of Islam for a quick explanation of Ramadan.
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  15. This list means it's officially past my listiversary. 👏👌 Yay list app.