Do You Love Me?


a lover asked her beloved,
do you love yourself more
than you love me?

the beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.

I’ve disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only in you.

I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar

I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.

If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.

-Rumi

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