Category Archives: The Path

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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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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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: Black Cow Ramadan

At our night of dhikr last night ourshaykh asked us what Ramadan is to each one of us personally andinsisted that we not answer with fancy platitudes embroideringthis and that but go deep and come up with a true response … 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: When I Pray

When I pray the whole world becomes a pair of huge insect wings behind me, and I am a standing green insect with metallic thorax, inhaling distant zephyrs of intoxicating gas only a rare breed of insect can survive, and … Continue reading

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Poems: Reflection / The White Deer

(Note: I’ve been invited to present a series of eight sessions on poetry, I’m calling The Ecstatic Exchange Seminars on Poetry: Intuitions & Enthusiasms. As a foundational text, I’m using this song from the Diwan of Shaykh ibn al-Habib (raheemullah), … Continue reading

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POEM: Robinson Crusoe Dips His Foot

Robinson Crusoe dips his foot in the river checking for piranhas watches the grasses of the glade checking for vipers squats in the tallest tree branches checking for cougars barely relaxes at twilight or dawn cocking his ears at every … Continue reading

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Life of Pi, note and poem

LIFE OF PI the Movie Just back from seeing The Life of Pi, in 3D, overwhelmed by it, and for me a truly cathartic experience. In it we are face to face with, well, in a metaphorical sense, in not … Continue reading

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Poem: 6 / All Moving Forward in Time

It’s all moving forward in time All horses’ noses create the finish line Each flame tip tickles the underbelly of heaven Each heart of ours is the plate glass to eternity’s inner rooms When we stand the whole universe increases … Continue reading

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Poem: 4 / Short Fable of the Three Schooners

The first sailboat out had nowhere to go but forward out into pure outness The light slitted down in louvered doors that swung open for it to enter and enter it did The second sailboat out saw things differently and … Continue reading

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SUFI SYMPOSIUM POEMS 2

KNOT OF GOLD The Prophet took people of abject poverty and strewed rubies at their feet There was no glass in the Prophet’s windows for any brick to break In each heart he ties a knot of gold whose two … Continue reading

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Poetry Reading Point Reyes California March 22

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POETRY AT THE SUFI SYMPOSIUM 2012

I’ll be presenting my poetry at the Sufi Symposium this year in San Rafael, should you be nearby to attend. Check with the website listed for program times, all insha’Allah. (I’m the guy in the red scarf, at the lower … Continue reading

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Poem: No Second Face

None of the many images of action and entity make the Actor multiple in any way So whoever rises above every vanishing thing will be shown existence without duality — Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib _________________________________________ Push aside the sauce they … Continue reading

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Poem: The World Went Away

1 The world went away on a hunting trip and left us alone in the long and short corridors and sudden staircases ascending heavenly levels A gray light entered around us with whispering tread and a soft electrical energy whose … Continue reading

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Poem: The Saint’s Achievement

(NOTE: With this miraculous “Arab Spring” with all its achievements, it’s good to know our work in the world is for Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him, and Light in This World and the Next, and our beacons … 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: 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: Nighttime Sessions of Light / The Repetitions of Saints

NIGHTTIME SESSONS OF LIGHT for Baji (who heard the geese calling out Allah Allah) Intense nighttime sessions of Light spangle the planetary air and the lunar crescendo yup I said the lunar crescendo as we head toward Ramadan’s exit back … Continue reading

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