For the inner ear, the voice of the vessel of silence is an embrace
felt by an infinite number of scribes.
It is my wish to offer here an oasis of present day poetic
Each month i shall invite new poets to breathe with, and they in
turn will bring guests of their own.
Poetry Corner at TIFERET has evolved out of Donna Stein’s
enthusiasm to nurture the spirit of beauty in all its forms.
August 2010 Silent Lotus’ Selected
and his guest Max Reif
and his guest Naomi Stone
From now on,
I’m going to write
my poems on fallen
sycamore leaves and
toss them from the
peak of Hawksbill Mountain.
I’ll wear only the edible,
At sunset, I’ll glide like
a hawk over the misty gorge,
just for the fun of it.
Among the crowd, I
recognize the persona
emerging contexts have been
inclining me toward
and set out with him.
It’s a long journey we go on
through hell and heaven
and back between, though it
takes only an instant
to get to our destination.
Along the way, the ten zillion
things I never really wanted, after all,
reveal their emptiness. This
comes as no surprise
to my sage traveling companion;
it’s what he’s been telling me
for ages. Now here it is, the
unexpected, brilliant elegance.
|Born in Kansas in 1949, Dick Holmes has lived elsewhere since
growing up there, but the natural beauty and solitude of its vast
fields and skies have continued to inform his aesthetic
sensibilities. “For me,” he writes, “poetry is a spiritual quest, a
form of language for communing with the Divine Beloved. As such,
composing a poem is more of a listening, truing meditation than a
writing activity. Over the years, my poetry writing practice has
guided me in every aspect of my life, from psychological growth to
Dick is the author of a large collection of poems entitled Recipes
for Gratitude (Pure Heart Press, www.mainstreetrag.com/DickHolmes.html). He is a
featured poet at AvatarMeherBaba.org (www.avatarmeherbaba.org/erics/dickholmes.html) and at
Poetry-Chaikhana.com (www.poetry-chaikhana.com/H/HolmesDick/index.htm) and
is a regular contributor to the Poetry-Chaikhana.com Forum. For the
past thirty years, Dick and his wife Bronia have been teaching
English to international students at the University of South
TO A VISIONARY WHOSE NAME I’LL NEVER KNOW
This is to you, lady who smiled at me
as I came out of the subway at 14th Street
and walked down 6th Avenue in the winter of ’74,
having just arrived in New York. Gentle feathers
of snow had just begun falling from the black
above the streetlights. Passing you, I felt myself taken into your
eyes, and suddenly
was no longer a confused young man
wondering whether every next step was the right one,
but a Light-being, love built into his cells, leaning forward,
poised to give.
Thirty-five years later
I still walk those tunnels of your eyes,
down the line of your smile, toward that person you saw in me.
|I’m 62 living in California now, still trying “to penetrate
into the essence of all being and significance, and to release the
fragrance of that inner experience for the guidance and benefit of
others by expressing in the world of forms truth, love, purity and
beauty.”(Meher Baba). Very rich time, right now. My website, WHAT
REMAINS IS THE ESSENCE, can be found at http://www.realnothings.com.
Soul-fish swimming in God-Ocean
this soul-fish swims
in the God-Ocean
and keeps wondering:
‘where is this
thirst of water
the lover dogs of God
are howling all along
from the time of separation.
the ancient lovers’
ever flowing tears,
Where is the Center of an Infinite Circle?
stop being ego-centered
and merely selfish.
you are not
the (only) center of the universe.
amidst this ever expanding
we are in an Infinite Circle.
and know that
every point inside an Infinite Circle
is it’s Center.
|Servant and Seeker of Truth, SADIQ ALAM is Editor and Author of
INSPIRATIONS AND CREATIVE THOUGHTS (www.mysticsaint.info), an internationally acclaimed
weblog published since 2005. It covers a wide range of themes
including Integral & Comparative Spirituality, World Faith
Traditions and Mysticism.
Sadiq has a strong interest in Sufi teachings and Eastern religious
/ spiritual traditions. He developed an early interest in
Spirituality which led him into the study of Sufism through the
teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. He took initiation into the Sufi
path in December 2007 by taking hand with Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal
of Jerusalem, a guide in the Shadhili Sufi lineage. Presently Sadiq
lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dance of Creative Freedom
If I am patient
and let my heart lead,
each word that appears on the page,
flames out from the sparks leaping within my heart.
The dance is choreographed
by the winds of love,
like the breeze of the mystics,
or the breath
of the Beloved,
to move in the swaying beauty
of invisibly moving music,
tossing and touching
and playing with my hair.
Oh how could I name the lover
that leaps from my heart and surrounds me
with the belovedness of life,
who surprises me with an embrace
that expands the soul!
My mind has melted into colors
and feelings that slip away
if I reach out to touch them.
How do I allow this unknown spirit,
this hovering nearness,
to cradle my being in a divine fusion
of beauty that flees from form and defies description!
Faith in Love has new meaning
as it opens its arms
to my heart.
There is no answer
to the bewildering mystery
that keeps me awake
to greet the dawn,
except to risk everything
to the glorious Beloved,
veiled in the mist of the enveloping cloud
|Naomi Stone is a mystic, poet, educator and writer. She is also
the Literary Editor of the book Rumi: The Alchemy of Transformation
by visionary Artists Rassouli.
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