Monthly Archives: February 2007

New Poem: Somewhere in the Remote Arctic

SOMEWHERE IN THE REMOTE ARCTIC Somewhere in the remote arctic there’s a vast sea of oval glaciers each set as if in ivory and extending across the expanse as if providing steppingstones for God over black water from the Inconceivable … Continue reading

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Poem Before it is Written

POEM BEFORE IT IS WRITTEN Before this poem comes into being or rather in real time just as it’s coming into being it already exists though in no perceptible form nor even knowable to us though many such poems might … Continue reading

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Poem: A Long Journey…

HE WANTED TO GO ON A LONG JOURNEY He wanted to go on a long journey so he closed his eyes and started counting his breaths until he could see the snowclad onion roofs of Moscow the glistening fields of … Continue reading

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Aesthetic

AESTHETIC  Poetry is what can’t be said any other way Verse is thoughts searching for poetry 8/23/2004 (from Cooked Oranges – image of creature by Salihah Moore, Lion of the Sea)

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New Poem: But it is We…

BUT IT IS WE A ship is laden with pearls each one previously strung and it’s going to dock in your harbor and they’re yours what will you do? A face is waiting to be kissed that belongs to someone … Continue reading

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On the Road to God / Ghazal

A MAN ON THE ROAD TO GOD I met a man on the road to God with the intense face of an owl – I felt the closeness of diamond-white feathers in the perfect space of an owl Eyes of … Continue reading

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New Poem (from Invention of the Wheel)

INFINITE CLARITY Five nights have gone by and not one owl of poetry has hooted to me out of his tree Three moths fly in the room from flitter to flitter their universe perfect within themselves looking out through tiny … Continue reading

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Ghazal: Opalescent Soul

OPALESCENT SOUL  As humans we have so many things to look after – our nails – our hair – our hearts – our transcendent souls – We file our nails – we cut our hair – we fall in love … Continue reading

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Poem: A Visit with Mr. Blake

A VISIT WITH MR. BLAKE William Blake across from me sits here insisting on whatever it is he insists on and a great red cape opens up to show an illuminated city he says is Jerusalem Not quite the one … Continue reading

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New Poem: God’s Sunlight

GOD’S SUNLIGHT Beauty has a way of sinking into everything we do like a time-lapse photograph of dark flowers blossoming out of everything White horses on a hillside in the rain couldn’t be more beautiful and the silvery rain itself … Continue reading

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Poem: Love’s Pebbles Thrown

LOVE’S PEBBLES THROWN One day Love came to town to see if he’d missed anyone There was a river he swam to refresh himself New duck hatchlings in a nest under a grassy bank needed their natural focus reinforced to … Continue reading

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Poem: All of It

ALL OF IT It can’t be coaxed the wind to go thinly into a tiny chamber except by Allah Light unless it is pushed ahead by invisible forces swifter than anything remains in the dark The captain atilt on the … Continue reading

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And more saintly poems…

THE SAINT CALLS TO US The saint calls to us one by one under a corridor of stars to savor in the eyes and heart the night’s sweet dissolution the earth’s lamplit opening from a deep chamber to an angelic … Continue reading

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