Monthly Archives: August 2011

Poem: A Sandwich at Noon

A sandwich at noon is enough to frighten a field of crows A telephone ringing in an empty room is answered by the wind A road leading upward has a bicycle on it and two trees When the blessings were … Continue reading

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Poem: Elusive Crescent

Ah coy crescent hiding in a blush of sky so many want to see you and hold you to our hearts each in our own perimeters however spread across the earth all searching for your quick eyeblink that promises untold … Continue reading

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Poem: At the Pivot End of a Life

At the pivot end of a life (between this world and the next) all the sleek black horses lined up for inspection all the torn and tattered love letters tied in their appropriate bundles and the words we’ve left in … Continue reading

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Poem: Irene

A raindrop big as a small country is landing on our back garden a powerful fragment at a time then running in a fast moving runnel down the back alley and all this even before Hurricane Irene hits with full … Continue reading

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2 Poems: Nighttime Sessions of Light / The Repetitions of Saints

NIGHTTIME SESSONS OF LIGHT for Baji (who heard the geese calling out Allah Allah) Intense nighttime sessions of Light spangle the planetary air and the lunar crescendo yup I said the lunar crescendo as we head toward Ramadan’s exit back … Continue reading

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2 Poems: If We Woke Up One Morning / Blue Circles

IF WE WOKE UP ONE MORNING If we woke up one morning to find we didn’t exist would the fast be abrogated? Or be more completely fulfilled? If we were a vague fractal outline among mountain crags or mounded clouds … Continue reading

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Poem: Ramadan is a Gorgeous Chorus

Ramadan is a gorgeous chorus repeated in a mist above glades of green wheat bending in blue light Ramadan meets itself coming in from the rain with its face slick and shining and sits at our table as it vanishes … Continue reading

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2 Poems: Fast / Heart & Soul

FAST Puppets can’t break their fast through their painted mouths Rocks can be said to be fasting forever Mountain “fastnesses” are a kind of stronghold or fortress Colors are fast that never cut and run The Ramadan fast goes by … Continue reading

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Poem: Pinpoint & Compass Point

A pinpoint and a compass point a bismin and a galaxy What do they have in common? A cloud in the sky and a thought passing through our heads with maybe even more wind behind it A single wave in … Continue reading

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Poem: Ramadan Suns Itself

Ramadan suns itself by the dark of night and takes no notice of earthquake or flood Ramadan begins walking toward us from the furthest hilltop of the previous year and arrives at our door with baskets of golden fruit Although … Continue reading

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Poem: With a Two-Legged Goat & a Flying Fish

Who I’ve become after all my adventures on land is a seventy-one year-old man who fasts from dawn to sundown sailing off across the day with a two-legged goat and a flying fish searching for the source of all this … Continue reading

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Poem: Extend Your Shadow

If you haven’t been parted from what you truly love then foot cannot follow foot nor heart follow heart Beasts born in the wild have the wild to bring them to their higher education How can we see what will … Continue reading

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Poem: A Spider’s Break-Fast

The small brown spider in my bathroom (honored guest whose protection is assured) after more than two weeks of patient waiting finally got a large tasty black fly-like bug this morning in her helter-skelter-looking web (to me at least) linked … Continue reading

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Poem: The Capitulation of King Stomach

Slave stomach said to the rest of the body “I am King!” and the general populace of the body acquiesced worried lest its bond with the world be broken without stomach holding a sovereign position over the rest of its … Continue reading

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Poem: Halfway Through the Fast

Halfway through the fast is it a giant granite stone we shoulder uphill in a boiling sun? Or pool after reflective shady pool in fragrant afternoons that flow everywhere? Is it coming face to face with ourselves holding an empty … Continue reading

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Poem: Hand of Light

A crater opens in the day and swallows us whole Though we may want to wander at the base of it asking for water we do not Instead we lean back against its diamonds and act nonchalant Inside us huge … Continue reading

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Poem: Ramadan Goes Looking

(without music) (with music) Ramadan goes looking for the people who fast the best wearing the phases of the moon as a shield upon its breast ignoring stars and galaxies as too far out in space concentrating instead on light … Continue reading

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Poem: Signs of Allah

When the tide of the day pulls out and leaves the night standing on the shore swallowing the stars and the moon is nearly halfway to completing its luminous shell and the night stretches its arms to expand as far … Continue reading

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Poem: Ramadan’s Flame Hoops

OK let’s get this straight — Who wants to fast really? Put the body through drought’s grinding chains? Not reach for the plum or the chocolate bonbon? When we see a Chinese contortionist and think how can she put her … Continue reading

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Poem: His Pure Presence

A goat eats grass off the Beloved’s hill and gives white milk to the Beloved’s Messenger O body of seemingly little worth discarded at our entrance to the truer life you are our road to Light troubled or at ease … Continue reading

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