The Possessed was published in 1872. A near 700 page fiction novel (depending on which edition) regarding the time when Russia was drawing closer to an Age of Revolution; narrating on a sect of atheists, socialists, terrorists, intellectuals, and nihilists in a Russian town known as, Skvoreshniki, as it leads to a collective and individual chaos.
A rose will bloom and die A caterpillar may convert to a butterfly A tree will stay up for the moon A cicada will sing its last tune To saunter through the fields under the forbearing stars How they conjure peace and solitude from a distance so far To cherish every breath of time beforeContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: Forbearing Stars of Time”
A dialogue from a grand novel “The Possessed”, regarding two characters religious and political stance on the late 19th century Russian society.
This is my first essay that I thought would be worth writing about. This is purely written out of thought with no real academic credibility on the topic, just ruminations of my perspective on the essence of bitterness.
In the Garden of thy Dreams There thy Lady dwells in Serene As a Midnight Hummingbird under a Summer’s Moon Her Body and Soul dances under the Stars of Fortune She literates her Mind as a Knight wields his Blade Under the grace of Patience and Humility She stands mightier than the PillarsContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: Midnight Hummingbird”
This poem was written by Solomon ibn Gabirol, who was born into a Jewish family in the Al-Andalus region (Iberian Peninsula; Southern Spain) during the First Taifa period, early 1000 A.D. He studied extensively in philosophy, ethics, and biblical studies. He wrote well over a hundred poems, and one of his greatest works titled “FountainsContinue reading “Before I Was: A Hebrew Poem”
A poem with a historical background. Inspired by the painting as featured, of a Macedonian soldier of the Argyraspides Division (Silver Shields) of Alexander the Great’s Army.
Do not let thy flame die For now is not the end of thy days I pray, for the horrors have yet all been slain. In my Heart they stab In my Mind they lurk In my Dreams they speak. Put to the sword those that stab Give chase to those whoContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: Knight of Embers”
This is wine- if the merest driblet falls in the Nile, its scent makes the sober crocodile drunk without end. If the deer on the plain drinks but a single drop, he becomes a roaring lion, fearing no tiger. Live in joy with joyous black-eyed girls, for life is justContinue reading “Life and Wine: Extracts and Studies from “Rudaki” a Classical Persian Poet”
Wisdom is the Bounty of Knowledge To this end I embark on my Pilgrimage For to idle and not care Fashions little to no fruit bear Inquest upon the echos of the past O’ in thine Heart may it last Thus with Humility I shall revere thy tears Upon thy conscious I mayContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: The Passage”