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”

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”

Songs of Reflection: Forbearing Stars of Time

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”

Songs of Reflection: Midnight Hummingbird

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”

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”