Songs of Reflection: Delight and Terror

As thy heart walks among the sea of sorrows Underneath I find currents of silence to follow Cast of red, turquoise, and ivory rest among the olden groundThou once believed creation had naught to awe beyond thy Crown The thread of life balanced on breath and deathWith no alternative left, there the ends are metContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: Delight and Terror”

The Faithful Dreamer

Werner Herzog and the Pyramid of Life “Yes, the pyramids have been built, but if you give me 300,000 disciplined men and give me 30 years, I could build a bigger one.” -Werner Herzog    We are a race of dreamers. Fantasies, nightmares, visions, and ambitions. Noble goals of dissimilar fashions developed within our heartsContinue reading “The Faithful Dreamer”

The Vessel

A Poem and Reflection on the Nature of Death “But now, O’ Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” -Isaiah 64:8    The Vessel O’ man filled with years  Now lies a vessel of drear     Who once walked and laboredContinue reading “The Vessel”

A Comparison of the Philosopher-Kings in Plato’s Republic and Al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness

An Essay by Daniel Joshuva  Overview:  This essay was written by my friend, Dany (Daniel) Joshuva, who’s been my colleague as we’ve both been studying literature, philosophy, theology, and various other topics for the past few years. Last semester he took a class regarding the Introduction to Classics of Western Thoughts and wrote this amazingContinue reading “A Comparison of the Philosopher-Kings in Plato’s Republic and Al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness”

The Guest House

A Poem by Rumi: A Persian Poet, Theologian, and Scholar (1207-1273 A.D.) This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture, still,treat eachContinue reading “The Guest House”

The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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.

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”