Category Archives: gratitude

Saintly Places

We need to stand in saintly places the way our body needs food to not topple over We need to go there and find nearness there even just a rude rock-strewn place where something saintly took place or is taking … Continue reading

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Sandwich at Noon

A sandwich at noon is enough tofrighten a field of crows  A telephone ringing in an empty room isanswered by the wind A road leading upward has abicycle on it and two trees When the blessings were brought inthe sun … Continue reading

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Poem: Talk

(Note: This poem posted after a longish hiatus in postings, due to travel to California to see daughter and husband and their daughter, and read at the 2013 Sufi Symposium, and to Switzerland to see son and wife and their … 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: 31 / What Fire Prevented

This narrative poem was written in hospital during a chemo session, contemplating God’s sending a perceived “calamity” that might be, in fact, heading off a worse one. Gratitude for every state we find ourselves in, in every condition, is the … 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: 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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