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August 2019 ~ The Way Of Love

In body, heart, mind - may the great unclenching commence. The Way of Love The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they're given wings. By Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi (1207 – 1273) from The [...]

By |August 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

July 2016 ~ Are You Jealous?

  Liberate yourselves, friends, and dive into the ocean of Love! Are you jealous of the ocean's generosity? Why would you refuse to give this love to anyone? Fish don't hold the sacred liquid in cups! They swim the huge fluid freedom. ~Rumi Rumi:  The Book of Love – Poems of Ecstasy and Longing by [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|Poem of the Month|

June 2016 ~ I Laugh When I Hear That The Fish In The Water Is Thirsty

I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. You don't grasp the fact that what is most alive of all is inside your own house; and so you walk from one holy city to the next with a confused look! Kabir will tell you the truth: go wherever you like, [...]

By |June 1st, 2016|Poem of the Month|

June 2014 ~ The Moment

The moment when, after many years of hard work and a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, and say, I own this, is the same moment when the trees unloose their soft arms from around you, the birds [...]

By |June 1st, 2014|Poem of the Month|

September 2013 ~ Postscript

And some time make the time to drive out west Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore, In September or October, when the wind And the light are working off each other So that the ocean on one side is wild With foam and glitter, and inland among stones The surface of a slate-grey lake [...]

By |September 1st, 2013|Poem of the Month|

December 2011 ~ Astronomical Question

What Would Happen if God leaned down And gave you a full wet Kiss? Hafiz Doesn’t mind answering astronomical questions Like that: You would surely start Reciting all day, inebriated, Rogue-poems Like This. Hafiz from The Gift: Poems By Hafiz, translation by Daniel Ladinsky Copyrighted material for educational/therapeutic purposes only.

By |December 1st, 2011|Poem of the Month|

July 2011 ~ Everything Is Waiting For You

(After Derek Mahon) Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone.  As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions.  To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings.  Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array; the [...]

By |July 1st, 2011|Poem of the Month|

July 2009 ~ The Summer Day

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean— the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and [...]

By |July 1st, 2009|Poem of the Month|

March 2009 ~ How Would You Live Then?

How Would You Live Then? What if a hundred rose-breasted grosbeaks flew in circles around your head? What if the mockingbird came into the house with you and became your advisor? What if the bees filled your walls with honey and all you needed to do was ask them and they would fill the bowl? [...]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Poem of the Month|

October 2007 ~ You Are the Only Student You Have

You are the only faithful student you have. All the others leave eventually. Have you been making yourself shallow with making other eminent? Just remember, when you're in union, you don't have to fear that you'll be drained. The command comes to speak, and you feel the ocean moving through you. Then comes, Be silent, [...]

By |October 1st, 2007|Poem of the Month|