Toni Serra *) Abu Ali

Al Barzaj [between worlds]

Al Barzaj is a poem about the halfway world, between the visible and the invisible, sleep and wakefulness… An inner journey through underground streets and secret gardens.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep
You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep
People are going back and forth across the doorsill, where the two worlds touch
The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep

(The Breeze at Dawn Mawlānā Rūmī, " Dīwān Šams-i Tabrīzī ", Rubā'ī 91. Coleman Barks).