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Whatever circles comes from the center

Walk to the well.
Turn as the earth and the moon turn,
circling what they love.

Whatever circles comes from the center.

I circle your nest tonight, 12 more words

Daily Poetry

Why do Muslims kill Sufis?

I thought I had already written this blog but when I googled it I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Perhaps I posted it on Patreon or Medium before my blog got censored.  517 more words

The Essential Rumi (Rumi/Barks)

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, The Essential Rumi;
translated by Coleman Barks

San Francisco: Harper Publishing, 1995.

By: Dale Pauls

What, one might wonder, is a poetic anthology of a 13th century Persian mystic, that is, a 13th century Persian mystic who is Muslim, doing on a preacher’s bookshelf? 1,236 more words



-Coleman Barks, The Big Red Book, Rumi


  1. Do you know that there are marvelous moments of eternity that just happen? Do you look for wonder in your daily life?

Thought For The Day

"When the gift moves in a circle..."

I’ve always loved the idea of gifts and reciprocity. The circular pattern of that process. What you give, you receive. This time of year I fill our pantry shelves with preserves, more than we can ever use. 650 more words

Rumi: The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor. 84 more words