Category Archives: Love of God

FROM A PARTICULAR HEIGHT

From a particular heighta stone bird is sought From another altitudesilk rain’s beseeched From yet another more daringGod’s outline in the dark His perspective from a peakover all the world The heart like a pinnaclescaled in a blink blind the … Continue reading

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Where the Greatest Wisdom Is

  Where the greatest wisdom isis a pewter dish in a room filled with light at the base of a chasm of basaltand the sun tilted on top like a purple feather in flames How do you get thereexcept on … Continue reading

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UK VISIT AND POEM

THE UK VISIT includes, besides the two presentations in Norwich (Friday the 13th at 7PM and Saturday the 14th at 3:30PM), a poetry evening at Rumi’s Cave, Kilburn, London, on Saturday, 21 September, at 7PM, under the auspices of gracious … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Irene

(Note: I attribute the title and theme of this poem, based on the word “Irene” to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. While we were working on a translation, The Burdah, or The Prayer of the Oppressed, he wanted to use the adjective … Continue reading

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Nighttime Sessions of Light/The Repetitions of Saints

NIGHTTIME SESSIONS OF LIGHT Intense nighttime sessions of Lightspangle the planetary air and the lunar crescendo yup I said the lunar crescendo as wehead toward Ramadan’s exit back into temptation’s roundelay yup I said temptation’s roundelay that seems to go … Continue reading

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

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

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Extend Your Shadow

If you haven’t been parted fromwhat you truly love then foot cannot follow footnor heart follow heart Beasts born in the wild have thewild to bring them to their higher education How can we see what will wire us to … Continue reading

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Halfway Through the Fast

Halfway through the fastis it a giant granite stone we shoulder uphill in a boiling sun? Or pool after reflective shadypool in fragrant afternoons that flow everywhere? Is it coming face to face withourselves holding an empty walnut shell in … Continue reading

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Hand of Light

A crater opens in the dayand swallows us whole Though we may want towander at the base of it asking for waterwe do not Instead we lean back against its diamondsand act nonchalant Inside us huge circular processionsflow around God’s … Continue reading

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Signs of Allah

When the tide of the day pulls out andleaves the night standing on the shore swallowing the stars and the moon is nearly halfway tocompleting its luminous shell and the night stretches its arms toexpand as far as the globe’s … 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’sgrinding chains? Not reach for the plum or the chocolatebonbon? When we see a Chinese contortionist andthink how can she put her head onto her … Continue reading

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Poem: Ramadan is Burnished Sunlight

Ramadan is burnished sunlight on thecheek of the Beloved at the first dawn of creation first fruits burst on first greenbranches in the first Garden their ripening a wholelunar month without being picked till they burst with thecelestial pleasure of … 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: Leave the World Alone

Sumptuous Juggler God Coy BelovedElusive Letter-writer from a distant land beyond moonbeams and tides though Yousend them to us enwrapped and encoded in message bottles of their outer crustswe must crack to comprehend or at least hold up to ears … Continue reading

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Poem: Adam Stood in the World

Adam stood in the worldas tall as the trees the sun bathing his bodybirds wreathing his outline with birdsongwaters everywhere splashing growls and grandeur of new animalsache of new growths everywhere sounding Alone he stood with ahunger in his heart … Continue reading

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Poem: Four Corners of the Universe

The four corners of the universecan be seen as a little room deep inside the universe withplanetary motions out each window as we sit in the center of the roomfasting or eating A giant phoenix in dazzling glorycarries it through … 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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