Category Archives: Poetry

The Moths and the Flame

The Moths and the Flame Moths gathered in a fluttering throng one night To learn the truth about the candle light, And they decided one of them should go To gather news of the elusive glow. One flew till in the distance he discerned A palace window where a candle…

The Beloved’s Single Face

Let the ascetics sing of the garden of Paradise- We who dwell in the true ecstasy can forget their vase-tamed bouquet. In our hall of mirrors, the map of the one Face appears As the sun’s splendor would spangle a world made of dew. Hidden in this image is also its…

Emily Dickinson

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, And Mourners to and fro Kept treading, treading, till it seemed That Sense was breaking through. And when they all were seated, A Service, like a Drum, Kept beating, beating, till I thought My Mind was going numb. And then I heard them…

Forgive the Dream Renderings

Hafiz (Originally rendered by Daniel Ladinsky) Forgive the Dream All your images of winter I see against your sky. I understand the wounds That have not healed in you. They exist Because God and Love Have yet to become real enough To allow you to forgive The dream. You still listen…

Ask That One Renderings

More Rumi (Rendered from various sources) Ask That One The Heart of Truth is inside you Now. Ask that One for help. Don’t ask of Love for body-things that you can get from the world. Don’t worry so much about livelihood, It will turn out as it should. Be constantly…

Daigu Ryokan Renderings

When all thoughts Are exhausted I slip into the woods And gather A pile of shepherd’s purse. Like the little stream Making its way Through the mossy crevices I, too, quietly Turn clear and transparent. — The flower invites the butterfly with no-mind; The butterfly visits the flower with no-mind….