Prayer

‘Ishq (In English and Arabic)

'Rubaiyat' of Omar Kaiyyam, 'Hour of Grace,' by Edmund Dulac, Yale University Library Collection   Because your sighs have fermented my blood, I need no wine. My name on your lips is the longest Sura. I begin the...

The True Light of God

Gurucharanam Saranam The man with the power of clairvoyance slowly opened his eyes and said: ‘When I observe your life, I see a bright light, which is very rare.  It is the true light of...

The Vessel

Within the beginning God created us in God’s own image; God formed us from dirt, yet blessed with Divine visage.  We are caught between the human and the Divine; participants of God’s kingdom in our...

The World Dances in Your Sabbath

To purify the world, see the world as pure. Then act upon the pure world from the level of purified vision. To purify your vision, meditate. To meditate is to immerse one's heart in absolute...

Elohim

Elohim Raise my pray to be clean Renew and feel like a newborn Feel like the white snow fresh and clean My pray raise to Elohim Waiting for be renew and restore For you the only one who can do Elohim my God of restoration and restart Elohim my God...

A blank canvas

It can be a bit intimidating to get started. That may be true in whatever it is that you’re doing, but especially if you’re creating art. That blank canvas… So much possibility. Possibility — or pressure? Depends on...

The Shower Prayer (full poem, by Cristina M. R. Norcross)

The Shower Prayer   The hot rain of the shower comes down. Walls blurred from early morning vision – I leave the high hot setting and simply stand in the moment of daybreak.   Calendar unmarked, computer untouched – this day is thankfully unspoken for. For...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-Eight (Rabia)

Rabia, depicted in an Islamic miniature Image is in public domain (expired copyright) Poem translated by Charles Upton from Persian This week I'm still thinking about stars, but we've stepped back a few centuries to 717–801 C.E. to read the work of...

Aaronic Blessing to All Readers

An ancient Hebrew blessing and also the favorite blessing of St. Francis of Assisi. The LORD bless you and keep you: The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:...

Reading, Intimacy, Angels of Death

Reading, I think, is a fundamentally spiritual experience. The phenomenologist Georges Poulet once remarked that, when we read, another person’s “I” enters into our own souls. Think about it: when we read the word...