Category Archives: POEMS

HE COMES RUNNING

(Note: A new chapbook of poems written in Turkey recently, in pocket size format, during sohbets (talks) given by a saintly teacher, my zone listening to the Turkish producing these amiable meditations. Calligraphies punctuate the poems, by great Chinese calligrapher, … 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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By Our Smallness We Know Your Vastness

  O Prophet of Allah, by our smallness we know your vastness, by our electron microscopes we know in this world how very little of the whole world we can know — what shape we are in, what velocity through … Continue reading

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Winter Scene

(Note: Though this poem was written in 2001, amazingly it turns out to have been written the same date as tonight, January 7, during one of the coldest Polar Vortex chill blasts I’ve experienced, and certainly the coldest in many … Continue reading

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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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Sphere of Light

Waiting fifteen minutes to Fajr Prayerjust this side of the end of the worldkaleidoscoping inward toward us all escalators and fiery stairwaysplummeting through purple smoke totally overpopulated each step withpeople fleeing what’s all around and inside usexcept for occasional beings … 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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BLIZZARD BACCHANAL

As if the earth were to go on and on forever    another four inch layer of snow silently covers       time and space out the windowstretching all the way to the ocean, icy white powder piled up … 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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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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TYGER TYGER / BLAKE / MOORE

    THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience) By William Blake Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire … 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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Elusive Crescent

Ah coy crescent hiding in a blush of skyso many want to see you and hold you to our heartseach in our own perimeters however spread across the earth all searchingfor your quick eyeblink that promises untold bounteous rewards for … 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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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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