held above by the heavens of infinity
rooted below by Mother Earth
this tree seems to be longing to unite both heaven and earth
like a bridge or conduit
in the state of be-long-ing
some parts of it wanting to touch the sky
and another part
wanting to return to its roots from which it came
and sky roots
remembering from where it came
“You are born from the children of God’s creation,
but you have fixed your sight too low.
How can you be happy?
Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.
. . .
You were born from a ray of God’s majesty
and have the blessings of a good star.
Why suffer at the hands of things that don’t exist?
Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.”
—Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
from “Love is a Stranger”, translated by Kabir Helminsky