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More Important Than

Nizar Qabbani

Light is more important than the lantern,
The poem more important than the notebook,
And the kiss more important than the lips.
My letters to you
Are greater and more important than both of us.
They are the only documents
Where people will discover
Your beauty
And my madness.

Poem by Nizar Qabbani

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There is a Field

rumi poem

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”

Poem by Rumi, image by Elephant Journal

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What Poetry Does

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“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” — Carl Sandburg

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” — Novalis

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” — Allen Ginsberg

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” — Albert Einstein

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” — Plutarch

“Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.” — Umberto Eco

“The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.” — Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker

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Another Batch of Poetry

Another Batch of Poetry

I’m still having a blast sending my good friend daily poems. Just super-simple ones, loosely based on a haiku style (which limits syllables used). I decided to share another back with you. Just for fun.

Jan. 3rd, 2018

Don’t explain. Just be
Others will understand you
Or they won’t. No mind

Dec. 18th, 2017

Have you seen the sun?
Find a roof top. Sit there. Rest
Monday, during lunch

Dec. 15th, 2017

Don’t rush. Take your time
Morning only happens once
All moments — just once

Dec. 11th, 2017

The key to life is…
in the breath. Simply the breath
Look no further. Breathe

Dec. 4th, 2017

Wow! That’s fabulous
Oh no! That’s terrible news
Instead: Ahhh… grateful

Nov. 30th, 2017

Why hesitate? Go!
Why dream? Because you are alive!
Why risk? To be agog!

Nov. 28th, 2017

Don’t get too caught up
You aren’t time, mind or body
Nor opinions — phew!

Nov. 27th, 2K07

To have and have not
Good luck or bad luck — which one?
Depends on the mind

Nov. 21st, 2017

Try not to speak — pause
Listen first, so the words can…
cascade, dance and sing

Nov. 14th, 2017

Upside down feeling…
…in my belly from courage
Go! Do something new

Nov. 10th, 2017

Door locked, door open
Which one are you? Do you know?
The wind will tell you

Super-cool winter artwork credit belongs to Anne Storno

If you want to see my previous batch of poems, click here

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My Haiku Poems

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This year I made it a goal to email a friend daily haiku poems, that I write spontaneously each morning. I’m really enjoying it! I never have to think. The poems usually write themselves. I’ll share a few with you in this blog post. (Scroll down, they are black & white images.)

Please note: I’m writing the haiku poems in my own way, but following the traditional Japanese three-line rule, of seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Within those rules, I pretty much say whatever comes to mind.

life_haiku

good haiku

child haiku

spirit haiku

time haiku

grace haiku

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Rumi: Lovers, Madness & Poetry

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.”

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.”

“You think because you understand ‘one’ you must also understand ‘two’, because one and one make two. But you must also understand ‘and’.”

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”

All quotes by Rumi

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Hafiz: Fear, Love & Happiness

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“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

“When all your desires are distilled; you will cast just two votes: to love more, and be happy.”

All quotes by Hafiz

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