Monthly Archives: January 2007

Time for anti-war poems…

A THOUSAND ARMIES And the hapless Soldier’s sigh Runs in blood down Palace walls — William Blake A thousand armies sat on a wall and everyone of them was dead eating sandwiches out of little tin boxes yellow broken teeth … Continue reading

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Still thinking about Imran…

ONE DAY DEATH KNOCKED One day death knocked and knocked and no one answered – Only the door’s wood-grain in resounding unison answered A water drop on the lip of a glass was held suspended – Only shadows cast by … Continue reading

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A Sweet-faced Saint…

AS OF A GIANT CLOUD A sweet-faced saint like a giant cloud floats past the cliff edge where we stand in wait for such saintly visitation and he doesn’t disappoint with his fond nod in our direction and a sidelong … Continue reading

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Poem for Imran Saithna…

DEATH CAME IN RATHER SHEEPISHLY In memoriam Imran Saithna Death came in rather sheepishly having just taken someone quite young and in the flush of life and sat down in front of me in an overstuffed chair and took off … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Imran Saithna

Ruba’iyat XIX I’ll take the blows upon my chin I’ll rise, I’ll fight and I will win I will be happy someday soon I will leave behind this life of sin. Smiling as I whistle and loosely croon Living the … Continue reading

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Comments on the passing of our brother Imran

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Poem on the Prophet, peace of Allah be upon him…

THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD AROSE ONE MORNING The Prophet Muhammad arose one morning and by evening it was obvious he was no ordinary mortal He was a heart that spoke to a mouth that spoke to the ears of multitudes And … Continue reading

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Spring Poem in Winter

GOD’S ALCHEMY Green elements turn into golden ones when God’s breath flows across them Gold dust motes float down as slowly as elephants sinking into mud for a cooling bath The whole golden earth turns its face to the dark … Continue reading

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Haiku for 1/19/07 on DeenPort…

The sky is pewter… No birds come to the feeder – war desolates all These haiku are inpremeditated, even unwritten until posted… spontaneity being one of the Haiku form’s essential earmarks (heart-marks?). Now winter both mentally and physically, the outside … Continue reading

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Poem from: Coattails of the Saint

PATHETIC AS IT MAY SEEM Pathetic as it may seem this entire world sits on a table in a little spotlight in God’s Throne Room and though actually nearly microscopic in God’s eyes He totally cognizant of every gnat’s move … Continue reading

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Haiku / A Rhinoceros is Running the War

A rhinoceros – beady eyes and quite small brain – is running the war! I’m sorry… The President of the United States was on the News Hour tonight defending his new strategy to “the nation,” and it was truly pathetic. … Continue reading

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Poem from: In the Realm of Neither

THE ENORMOUS CORRIDOR OF SORROW In the enormous corridor of sorrow masked Napoleonic pygmies play with human souls in the shapes of coke bottles and guided missiles and the clatter they raise is more deafening than silence but leads to … Continue reading

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Ghazal (from The Flame of Transformation Turns to Light)

GOD’S MONOTONE The rain’s coming down outside my window – leaky pipes – a background monotone – Raven the black cat on deep burgundy bedspread – green eyes blazing in pure round monotone – The world’s assembled in a cunning … Continue reading

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New Haiku on DeenPort 1/14/07

The heart breaks to hear any news now from Iraq… good… bad… such hardship! Another: We broke in — smashed things… killed the king — now we want to make them pay for it… Another Sunday morning of Meet the … Continue reading

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Poem from: Stories Too Fiery to Sing…

THE BALLAD OF THE TYRANT The tyranny of Boulderoak the knavery of Dor the flat out death at Zonderzee the corpses on the floor The scepter of the ruler in a leaden box of fire you can’t describe the way … Continue reading

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Poem by Tiel Aisha Ansari

Shouting God     The hills above The Dalles are striped with snow and last year’s stubble. Hawks hunt along the rows. The hills were shouting God, the trees were shouting God, the fence-posts and frozen puddles all joined the … Continue reading

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Haiku… George & Osama

“Osama… meet George… Here’s bread and water to eat the rest of your days…” I’m frankly a bit obsessed. The “Islamic Haiku” I’ve been writing for DeenPort are turning decidedly political… and I thought this one might not be appropriate … Continue reading

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New Haiku on DeenPort 1/11/07

We burn the town down… then we send in more fire trucks to patrol the smoke? It’s the morning after The Decider’s decision to wreak more havoc in Iraq, with massive collateral damage (by western soldiers, never mind their own … Continue reading

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Today’s Islamic Haiku on DeenPort

Democrats cowards… Republicans criminals… I watch the sparrows… This is a traditional haiku (5-7-5 syllable lines) of a decidedly political bent, to coincide with today’s touted announcement by America’s Commander in Chief of his losing strategy in Iraq, too little … Continue reading

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Ghazal on the Prophet, peace be upon him

THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD WALKED IN The Prophet Muhammad walked in – his face a moon – his head represented by God’s flame The room filled with rose-scent – the windows with doves – in our hearts we scented God’s flame … Continue reading

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