"Oh Beloved" was commissioned by Kantorei, Denver, and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema during Kim's position as Composer-in-Residence 2015/16.
Rumi is considered the greatest Persian poet of all time. In this poem, Rumi seems to be asking for the ultimate liberation, which is being free from any kind of mind - and soul limiting belief and belonging. Rumi is a poet of love, and he speaks of a spiritual love, a love that transcends time, life and death.
Liberate my soul.
Fill me with your love and
release me from the two worlds.
If I set my heart on anything but you
let fire burn me from inside.
take away what I want.
Take away what I do.
Take away what I need.
Take away everything
that takes me from you.