Category Archives: Sufi Poetry

Extend Your Shadow

  If you haven’t been parted from what you truly love then foot cannot follow foot nor heart follow heart Beasts born in the wild have the wild to bring them to their higher education How can we see what … Continue reading

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Poem: Splendid Excitement of the Coming Day

  Splendid excitement of the coming day! Palaces might await us filled with the tangiest grapes down esplanades of golden cypresses behind walls we can barely see over at dawn for the height of their occasional distractions But melodious lute … Continue reading

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Four Corners of the Universe

    The four corners of the universe can be seen as a little room deep inside the universe with planetary motions out each window as we sit in the center of the room fasting or eating A giant phoenix … Continue reading

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First Night of Ramadan

  A single stone is thrown in and the canyon resounds with the hallelujahs of angels A single breath contains the known and unknown universes Back behind edgeless space are motions that vibrate the heart Back behind ancient mountains and … Continue reading

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Poem: Great Cruelty and Heartlessness

  We’re living in a time of great cruelty and heartlessness where instead of a sun they’re throwing up anvils Instead of sunlight there’s the sound of hammers beating Instead of walking there’s kicking Instead of thinking there’s talking It’s … Continue reading

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THE PATH

You start early you’re nobody’s fool You set out on foot no snow will stop you Shapes in the mist statues of warriors Arms raised and weapons You’re undaunted no footprints before you You make your way Wolf howls echo … Continue reading

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OF MY MOTHER, 92, WITH ALZHEIMERS

  1 I hate to think she may no longer dream of me. She lies on her couch and stares at the ceiling like a bird. Blinks and keeps staring. Her arthritic fingers like bird claws. But her face also … Continue reading

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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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