(Rabia of Basra (717-801 AD) ~ Living almost 500 years before Rumi & homeless at an early age, she was sold into slavery and then purchased by a famous brothel where she lived until about the age of 50 when she was given her freedom by a wealthy patron.)
I have read that, in Africa, when the body of an antelope, which all its life ate only leaves and grass and drank nothing but wild water, is first opened, the fragrance is almost too sweet, too delicate, too beautiful to be borne. It is a moment which hunters must pass through carefully, with concentrated and even religious attention, if they are to reach the other side, and go on with their individual lives.
~ Mary Oliver
(image by Fay Helfer)