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Mawlid in New Brunswick, NJ, this past Friday, alhamdulillah…

Salaama Here’s a video snippet of the singing during the New Brunswick Mawlid I participated in. I’m the left hand corner squinting at the text… the singing was so reminiscent of mawlids in Morocco due to the fine leadership of … Continue reading

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Ramadan Suns Itself

Ramadan suns itself by the dark of nightand takes no notice of earthquake or flood Ramadan begins walking toward us from thefurthest hilltop of the previous year and arrives at our door withbaskets of golden fruit Although Ramadan seems most … Continue reading

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With a Two-legged Goat and a Flying Fish

Who I’ve become after all myadventures on land is a seventy-one year-old man whofasts from dawn to sundown sailing off across the daywith a two-legged goat and a flying fish searching for thesource of all this daylight avoiding the usual … Continue reading

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Poem: His Pure Presence

A goat eats grass off the Beloved’s hilland gives white milk to the Beloved’s Messenger O body of seemingly little worthdiscarded at our entrance to the truer lifeyou are our road to Light troubled or at ease pockmarked with road-ruts … 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: Adam Stood in the World

Adam stood in the world as tall as the trees the sun bathing his body birds wreathing his outline with birdsong waters everywhere splashing growls and grandeur of new animals ache of new growths everywhere sounding Alone he stood with … Continue reading

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“Third Cutest Baby in Switzerland”

Noah Leon Sanders, who was selected in a magazine contest as one of fifteen official “cutest babies in Switzerland,” the bio-grandson of Peter Sanders, photographer, and step-grandson of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore — God bless ‘im, came in third after the … Continue reading

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Poem: God’s Hum

RAMADAN MUBARAK! __________________________ AUDIO READING:GOD’S HUM That’s God’s hum you hear when everything is silent When you snap the light out and lie down in the dark God’s hum from far away and closely near Along rose arbors and starlight … Continue reading

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Poem: Prayer at the Ka’ba

Oh Lord, the orange cat lying asleep on the shoe rack outside the Ka’ba looked tranquil, lean from living wild in Mecca, but still cat-like and sweet-faced – surely some of this peacefulness could come to me? Oh Lord, You … Continue reading

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Poem: Videoku #2 Pray Afghanistan…

A late-night videoku, extemporized before hitting the video button (I will confess), but only a moment before… and responding, May 7, 2009, to sad, gathering clouds… Pray Afghanistan be allowed to breathe easy among the living

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Poem (video + text) A Breath of Fresh Air

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR A breath of fresh air sailed over the highest mountain peak and down into the valley enjoying its nonchalant pace over grassy plains as green as unripe apples and the breath of fresh air turned … Continue reading

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Video Poem/Embedded in the Velvet is the Thorn

EMBEDDED IN THE VELVET IS THE THORN Embedded in the velvet is the thorn and at the tip of the thorn choirs When you take off your face and sit down something happens to sunlight bright silver envies I have … Continue reading

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POEM: SOULS

There are so many souls worth saving the face wreathed in roses whose eyes tell tales from before civilization when trees were sturdy giant ferns cut from crystal The grandmother with ten white horses on a steep green hillside whose … Continue reading

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Poem: A Thousand Armies

(Note: I may have posted this poem somewhere some time ago, but I am posting it now with a lifelong lament at the violence of our human history, with its resorting to armies so callously and often irrationally when it … Continue reading

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Poem: A Little Door

A little door at the bottom of it all opens up and when you crouch down to get in it’s as vast as the sky itself You can pick out the stars by night and the planets by day Get … Continue reading

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(from The Nation, June 30, 2008 ) I sing to the last the equalities modern or old, I sing the endless finales of things, I say Nature continues, glory continues I praise with electric voice, For I do not see … Continue reading

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Poem (text & audio): If All the Wood in the World

if-all-the-wood   (audio) If all the wood in the world were to sing and every rose gave a political speech and every cloud took pity on its neighbor and every stone composed an epic poem about being a stone and every … Continue reading

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Video Poem / Salmon

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AUDIO POEM: The Only Real Life

AUDIO POEM: The Only Real Life

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