Before I Was: A Hebrew Poem

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”

Songs of Reflection: Knight of Embers

  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”

Life and Wine: Extracts and Studies from “Rudaki” a Classical Persian Poet

       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”

Songs of Reflection: The Passage

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”

Songs of Reflection: Shades of Shadow

  Shades of shadow Rest upon the walking Hollow   Seeking Purpose and Redemption In a realm of Fear and Sorrow   The Hollow knows naught why it dost follow The shadow of Depravity The contour of Apathy Seeks thee to swallow   For the Hollow shall not fathom the Light outside the Dark  Continue reading “Songs of Reflection: Shades of Shadow”

Battle of Verdun (Part I)

      On this day, 104 years ago, marked the first day of the longest battle of World War I, known as the Battle of Verdun. Being among the bloodiest battle in modern history, approximately 750,000 French and Germans were killed in just 299 days, averaging 70,000 casualties per month. The men who participated thereContinue reading “Battle of Verdun (Part I)”

Introduction

     The world is filled with pain, grief, agony, shame, and sorrow. Yet, beyond that wall of corruption, the world is also filled with light, color, music, wonderful dialogues and magnificent wonders forged everywhere. Inspiring works and beautiful creations are infinite, yet many will fall among the fate of ashes and dust. Thus far,Continue reading “Introduction”