Psalm

December 5, 2014

I am still on a rooftop in Brooklyn
on your holy day. The harbor is before me,
Governor’s Island, the Verrazano Bridge
and the Narrows. I keep in my head
what Rabbi Nachman said about the world
being a narrow bridge and that the important thing
is not to be afraid. So on this day
I bless my mother and father, that they be
not fearful where they wander. And I
ask you to bless them and before you
close your Book of Life, your Sefer Hachayim,
remember that I always praised your world
and your splendor and that my tongue
tried to say your name on Court Street in Brooklyn.
Take me safely through the Narrows to the sea.

- Harvey Shapiro, from his collection, A Momentary Glory: Last Poems.


Watering the Seeds of Prayer – Thich Nhat Hanh

November 30, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

In prayer you touch
the wholesome seeds
in your consciousness
and water them.

These are seeds of compassion,
love, understanding,
forgiveness and joy.

If while praying
you can recognize
these seeds in you
and help them grow,
your prayer is already
a deep practice.

Prayer is a practice
to help us touch love
and bring it into our lives.

- Thich Nhat Hanh 

Ya Haqq!


Thanksgiving Prayer

November 27, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

O Lord, we humbly thank Thee for the bounty of our table, when so many in the world go hungry. And we thank Thee for our family and friends, when so many in the world walk alone.

O God, grant that we who are blessed with good things from Your open hand, may never close our hands and hearts to the hungry, the homeless, and the poor.

Amen! Ameen!

Happy Thanksgiving to all :)

Ya Haqq!


Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing

November 25, 2014

Love Songs Front Cover

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Just in time for Holiday gift giving, I have published Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing – a slim volume of poems, and lovely photography by fellow traveler Jim Kosinski to accompany each one . 

These love songs are, of course, Sufi poems, and a few odds and ends formed out of that same Source of all joy. They follow no formal rhyme or metre, except when they do, and have only the path of love as a common theme.

It is available as both a slim Paperback from Amazon for $13.99, and an Ebook from Google Play or Smashwords for $3.99.  

Order the Paperback HERE.

Order the Google Play Ebook HERE.

Order the Smashwords Ebook HERE.

Ya Haqq!


Rumi’s Thanksgiving Poem

November 24, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Thanksgiving is sweeter than bounty itself.
One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift!
Thanksgiving is the true meat of God’s bounty;
the bounty is its shell,
For thanksgiving carries you to the hearth of the Beloved.
Abundance alone brings heedlessness,
thanksgiving gives birth to alertness…
The bounty of thanksgiving will satisfy and elevate you,
and you will bestow a hundred bounties in return.
Eat your fill of God’s delicacies,
and you will be freed from hunger and begging.

- Jalaluddin Rumi

Ya Haqq!


“Love ought to change you.”

November 18, 2014

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Love ought to change you. If love remains only lip-service you do not really love. If love does not change you from the inside, from your heart and soul, and if it does not fundamentally change your behavior, your words, and even in your non-verbal communication, than you have not even started to love; you would be just a talker.”
Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy

Ya Haqq!


“Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river…”

November 12, 2014

Those who don’t feel this Love
Pulling them like a river,
Those who don’t drink dawn
Like a cup of spring water,
Or take in sunset like supper,
Those who don’t want to change,
Let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
That old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,
Sleep on.

I’ve given up on my brain.
I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
And thrown it away.
If you’re not completely naked,
Wrap your beautiful robe of words
Around you,
And sleep…

- Rumi


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