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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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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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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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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


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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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


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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