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Chase a deer and end up everywhere

“Chase a deer and end up everywhere” is a reference to the life of Ibrahim (d.783). A prince of Balkh, Ibrahim represents to the Sufis someone who in one visionary moment gives up his external kingdom for his inner majesty.

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Sufism

Jesus makes a quick getaway

Unfold Your Own Myth

Who gets up early to discover
the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling,
bewildered like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty…

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Sufism

mountain of skulls

The Wood and the Flames, Still Talking

No more wine for me.
I am past delighting in the thick red and the clear white.
I am thirsty for my own blood as it moves into a field of action.

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Sufism

Take Your Poet To Work Day

Today is Take Your Poet To Work Day sponsored by the delightful folks over at Tweetspeak Poetry.

Today, Rumi joins me on my travels. I am a teacher on summer vacation so he is along for the ride. 193 more words

Poetry

18 coins & a 50 piastres note

A New Rambunctious Craziness

A new rambunctious craziness comes,
dragging our chains,
tearing and spilling the full sacks.
Some nameless Bedouins
buy Joseph for 18 coins…

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Sufism

Pascal's Sphere

In Coleman Barks’ introduction to Chapter 16 of his Big Red Book, he quotes Carl JungĀ (1875-1961) as saying:

“The Self (God) is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” 376 more words

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How a human being can change

The Worm’s Waking

This is how a human being can change:

there’s a worm addicted to eating
grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something…

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