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HURIYYAH exhibit by Soraya Syed Sanders in the UK

Please take a moment to view photos of Soraya Syed Sander’s exhibit now up in London at Leighton House… our daughter-in-law, married to Inspiraldesign’s Mukhtar Sanders… Well, they’re both Inspiraldesigners… Her exhibit and the dancer are tremendous… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526563080759968&set=a.526563054093304.1073741828.381604928589118&type=1&theater

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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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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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Pinpoint and Compass Point

A pinpoint and a compass pointa bismin and a galaxy What do they have in common? A cloud in the sky and a thought passingthrough our heads with maybe even more wind behind it A single wave in the sea … 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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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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The Spider’s Break-Fast

The small brown spider in my bathroom(honored guest whose protection is assured)after more than two weeks of patient waiting finally got a large tasty black fly-likebug this morning in her helter-skelter-looking web (to me at least) linked to a retracting … Continue reading

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The Capitulaton of King Stomach

  Slave stomach said to the rest of the body “I am King!” and the general populace of the body acquiesced worried lest its bond with the world be broken without stomach holding a sovereign position over the rest of … 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: 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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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: The Things of This World

  The Things of This World 1 The things of this world have gone a remove while fasting as if through a kind of glazed window just out of reach which is where they always are though we clutch their … 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: A Flourish of Time

A flourish of time and a life is completewith its circles and straight lines somehow converging at avanishing point attended by woolen-clad angels awhirl inblue ponds of vertical air singing songs of ancient traditions andneighboring galaxies beyond human translation yet … Continue reading

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Poem: Establishing Enthusiasm

[NOTE: This is a poem from the great late Mexican poet (1935-2009) Marco Antonio Montes de Oca, whom I met and learned so much from on my first extended visit to Mexico in the early 1960s, at the ripe age … 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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