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Psalms for the Broken-Hearted

Psalms for the Brokenhearted
When Moses conversed with God, he asked, “Lord, where shall I seek You?” God answered, “Among the brokenhearted.” Moses continued, “But, Lord, no heart could be more despairing than mine.” And God replied, “Then I am where you are.”( Al-Hujwiri: The Kashf al-Mahjub) Written in 2003, published by The Ecstatic Exchange, 2006.


Hoopoe's Argument

Hoopoe's Argument
“Having drunk entire seas, we remain quite surprised that our lips are just as dry as the shore, and we continue to seek out the sea to dip the there without seeing that our lips are the shore and we ourselves the sea." (Farid ud-Din Attar: Conference of the Birds) Poems of Adam and Eve, the Fall, and the re-enlightenment Edenic Nirvana achievable in this world. Written in 2003 (unpublished).


Love is a Letter Burning in a High Wind

Love is a Letter Burning in a High Wind
“The eye with which I see God is the very eye with which God sees me.” (Meister Eckhart) Poems begun in Turkey after our visit with the sweet lovers of Allah there. Written in 2003 (Unpublished).


Laughing Buddha/Weeping Sufi

Laughing Buddha/Weeping Sufi
“Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.”(William Blake ) Poems joining two modes of enlightenment, Buddhist and Sufi, that may in fact be one—from my sitting with saintly Shunryu Suzuki of the San Francisco Zen Center in the early 60s, and my blessed time with Qutb Shaykh ibn al- Habib of Fez in Meknes, Morocco, in the 1970s, may Allah be pleased with both of them. Written in 2003-2004, published by The Ecstatic Exchange, 2005.


Mars and beyond

Mars & Beyond
If starry space no limit knows/And sun succeeds to sun,
There is no reason to suppose/ Our earth the only one.
'Mid countless constellations cast/A million worlds may be,
With each a God to bless or blast/And steer to destiny (Robert Service). Written during “Spirit’s” robotic Mars exploration, with all the imaginative speculation that might evoke. Written in 2004 and published by The Ecstatic Exchange, 2005.


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