Category Archives: amazement

THE PATH

You start early you’re nobody’s fool You set out on foot no snow will stop you Shapes in the mist statues of warriors Arms raised and weapons You’re undaunted no footprints before you You make your way Wolf howls echo … Continue reading

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LITTLE BLACK FLY ON THE WALL

The little black fly on the wall doesn’t stop to think what he knows, those multiple eyes are enough. God’s sight through them shows him the world. Birds don’t think, “Fly or soar as I       might, I’m … Continue reading

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ETERNITY

ETERNITY                                                       Eternity is in love with the productions of time                                     — William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1 Sad alabasters and perkypeacock feathers turn to rust in our hands Wave our hands across their smearedfaces … Continue reading

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Miracle of Sound at the Ka’ba

What sounds are heard around God’s House? First, utter silence, silence within silence. Then its echo, more silent still. A silence that sits deep under the Throne of God – all other silence surrounds it and slowly turns. Every other … Continue reading

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HURIYYAH exhibit by Soraya Syed Sanders in the UK

Please take a moment to view photos of Soraya Syed Sander’s exhibit now up in London at Leighton House… our daughter-in-law, married to Inspiraldesign’s Mukhtar Sanders… Well, they’re both Inspiraldesigners… Her exhibit and the dancer are tremendous… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526563080759968&set=a.526563054093304.1073741828.381604928589118&type=1&theater

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You’ll Sing a Song

  You’ll sing a song from somewhere out of your depthsand light will hit it and it’ll bea diamond brooch worn at the back ofLayla’s head in a sunny glade it’ll be a drop of water hanging at thetip of … Continue reading

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Ramadan is a Gorgeous Chorus

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

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Poem: Splendid Excitement of the Coming Day

Splendid excitement of the coming day! Palaces might await us filled withthe tangiest grapes down esplanades of golden cypressesbehind walls we can barely see over at dawn for theheight of their occasional distractions But melodious lute music from ahidden courtyard … Continue reading

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Poem: Returning from a Marvelous Journey

I’ve got a window up my sleeve    and a door in my shirtI can open any time to walk    out into the blue. Arch my      arm and seemeadows, sunbursts, vistas.Pantaloons of mileage, shoes of market silver,windy hair from lunar rocky … Continue reading

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Poem: When I Pray

When I pray the whole world becomes a pair of huge insect wings behind me, and I am a standing green insect with metallic thorax, inhaling distant zephyrs of intoxicating gas only a rare breed of insect can survive, and … Continue reading

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Poems: Reflection / The White Deer

(Note: I’ve been invited to present a series of eight sessions on poetry, I’m calling The Ecstatic Exchange Seminars on Poetry: Intuitions & Enthusiasms. As a foundational text, I’m using this song from the Diwan of Shaykh ibn al-Habib (raheemullah), … Continue reading

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Poem: The Perfect Moon-Faced One

The perfect moon-faced one appears with perfect lips and bow-like eyebrows. His hair is braided behind his ears and this pure appearance of his arouses our trust that unity will thrive and we’ll be taken to One Presence now that … Continue reading

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POEM: Robinson Crusoe Dips His Foot

Robinson Crusoe dips his foot in the river checking for piranhas watches the grasses of the glade checking for vipers squats in the tallest tree branches checking for cougars barely relaxes at twilight or dawn cocking his ears at every … Continue reading

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Poem: These Faces of Ours

(Note: Just back from neck surgery, to zip out the last remnant of lymphatic cancer cells if they lurked, and we prayed, the surgeons and me, before — and the head surgeon, well beloved and an expert, reported to my … Continue reading

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Life of Pi, note and poem

LIFE OF PI the Movie Just back from seeing The Life of Pi, in 3D, overwhelmed by it, and for me a truly cathartic experience. In it we are face to face with, well, in a metaphorical sense, in not … Continue reading

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Poem: Compassionate Zone

Streaks of color in the sky — can it be the blood of angels? The sky itself — can it be the breath of God? In the underbrush a noise — a something’s there cleaning house? The four or five … Continue reading

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Poem: 26 / The Soul

The soul is a flowering peach tree blooming on a bright green hill The scale of a dragon fallen into the Princess’ goblet turning water into the most effluvious Paradisiacal wine one sniff of which up our nostrils turns our … Continue reading

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Poem: 24 / A Little Blue Monk

A little blue monk in a purple cassock served us sarsaparilla He looked through eyes that had been through a thousand years of blinking I think to him we resembled chrysanthemums in colored vases He wept as he told us … Continue reading

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Poem: 23 / Falling

If a body starts to fall and there’s nothing to stop it falling how long will it fall and through how many worlds? The visions of our hearts pass in a whooshing whirl The sounds in our ears of every … Continue reading

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Poem: 2 / Angelic Shoes

The shoemaker saw that angelic shoes miraculously surrounded his feet a perfect fit The hoop flyer soared up and through with the greatest of ease the whole sky opening its curtains so she could land on her feet on the … Continue reading

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