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  • In any gathering, in any
    chance meeting
    on the street, there is
    a shine, an elegance

    -- Rumi

    We gather...chance meeting...elegance rising up...

    (Translation by Coleman Barks)

    [Photo by Barbara, detail Baalbek, Lebanon, 1972]
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