Category Archives: gratitude

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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Dear Reader

Dear Reader Bismillah I’m averse to drawing attention to physical ailments, but since a bit before writing God of the Sliver I‘ve been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for base-of-tongue cancer, and poems have come in their fashion by Allah … Continue reading

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Poem & Drawing: How Can We Not Admire

HOW CAN WE NOT ADMIRE How can we not admire emptiness especially when it’s pregnant with superlative Light? Explosively thrilling in its opening of our perceptions from toe-tips to galactic distances more numerous than sand grains in a colossal stretch … Continue reading

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Poem: The Magnitude

The magnitude is impossible to deduce from this side of the sky From the other side of the sky everything’s possible A man with a deer’s head teaching mathematics to a classroom of students who ring like bells A plateau … Continue reading

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Poem: Enter Me Into the Great Adventure

ENTER ME INTO THE GREAT ADVENTURE 1 Enter me into the great adventure Don’t let the Tygers of Wrath pounce at the inception but lurk at the sidelines behind banana leaves the size of continents waving in a wind as … Continue reading

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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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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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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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