Category Archives: Death

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 forinspection all the torn and tattered love letters tied in theirappropriate bundles and the words we’ve left in the air likewashing … Continue reading

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Heart & Soul

  HEART & SOUL If all my poems seem to end up in the same place it’s because I also want to end up theregrateful to God and showered by the bliss of His Face Starting from a shadow say … Continue reading

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Poem: A Flourish of Time

A flourish of time and a life is completewith its circles and straight lines somehow converging at avanishing point attended by woolen-clad angels awhirl inblue ponds of vertical air singing songs of ancient traditions andneighboring galaxies beyond human translation yet … 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: 45 / All Our Attempts at Healing

“There’s a cure for everything but death” — Hadith of the Prophet (salla ‘llahu alayhi wa sallam) All our attempts at healing are to elude the long loving arms of death coming around us The doorway filling with a sulfurous … Continue reading

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Poem: 25 / The Rowers

The rowers of the big boats had no letup The trapeze artist has to catch his mate for once in midair it’s too late to be elsewhere A mortal born must go on until there’s no more going on then … 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: 14 / The Lion’s Arena

The lions’ arena is full of medical equipment The roar of the lions is the great radiation ring whirring The crowd leaning forward with thumbs at the ready wears chemotherapy gowns It’s a hot day and a restless hum is … Continue reading

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Poem: 12 / If I Should Die Tonight

If I should die tonight it would be like stepping out onto a big pond’s lily pads with all the other frogs combing out my hair and flames falling onto a plate the horse muzzle that follows me finally coming … Continue reading

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Poem: 5 / Seeing the Scaffold

Seeing the scaffold at the end of the road or a steamroller coming toward you or a herd of elephants bearing down or looking into the maw of a tiger on your morning stroll his teeth and back of throat … Continue reading

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Sufi Symposium Poem 3

LAST THINGS 1 The last rhinoceros might look around and wonder where its beautiful beady-eyed brothers and sisters went The last waterfall might slide its last cascade down the usual rocks and feel strange The last wheeling bird so used … Continue reading

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