Why do I write…? I have no choice… I have been writing and performing poetry since 1961, with greater and more insistent urgency as the years went by.What about you? What do you feel an urgency to create? Your expression is meant to be shared! The flow of your creativity mirrors the flow of your life. I’ve chosen a few of Qutbuddin’s poems that light me on fire. It was so difficult to choose! May they spark the resonance of your heart’s voice. Listen for the ways that speak to you. Open yourself to receive. Creation is always new.
Philos 89 On My Internal Marriage
1> Calling Down My Spirit
My Spirit is Singing again,,,thru the trees
Singing again up the ravine and deep, deep
Down in the canyon, but…walks not…for
I am the walker, the talker. My Spirit knows
The Paeans of the Spheres…and How to Fly
My Spirit is never grounded…
2> Calling Up my Soul
My Soul likes the dark ways. allies, caves
The bottom of the ravine…at the river’s side
Deep in the canyon…or just above in the
Catacombs of earthen mind and heart…warm
Darkness protecting, shadows birthing
In the Soul’s womb-deep retreat…
3> & I… I Stand Between Them
It is these two with whom forever I dance
Between…letting mood and fever enliven
Foot’s fall and lift my head…I can never
Let blue moods hold sway over
My heart and only rarely over my head…
Ebullience cannot be contained by
Darkness… Always it explodes into the
Light…often doing so with song…from
The Ethers or from Her Earthen Breast…
The music draws me up off of sofas
Of discontent…I cannot stay down…
Some say of me that I am ungrounded…
I say to them: Come fly with me…
Join me in the flight…
In the Joy…in the Light!
My Moments of Being
I need moments aside from the River’s Flowing voices…even as its voices Sing and cry, pool and sigh, spill and run again…
I am distracted from center… And my own seeking of The Light… Light is Home…is my Center and… The simultaneous edges of being… Sitting as the River runs away with My senses…leaving a void…null sensing… Needing only a mooring to the Self, to the I… When Self has reached out to me From the Center…sitting here at The abyss’ edge…I have seen In the depth of the mirror… Murshid’s Face
Or I have seen Khiddr from the green forests Of Self come walking toward me and I am elated and I am awed and I am Confounded with desire to go Home
And I am strengthened to walk on into The next moment of my beingness.
We Are That We Are
It’s a simple truth: “We Are That We Are!” The pear tree is that it is… The hazel is that it is…
I am that I am…
From here I walk to you… For you are my mirror to my growth… Here after this seed…sprouting…reaches Ever upward…ever deeper… Being a being capable of awareness Of what is to the left or right… Sensing what is behind… Seeing what is in front… Receiving from what is above… Breath is the medium that carries this body…
Lives are lived and ended within a breath… Thought is an energy carried on the breath… How we think is how we live… So learning what ‘thinking’ is… How ‘thinking’ is originated… How it is compelled…impelled…
How one can purify one’s thought process… It is a simply obvious…natural desire of Every ‘human’ being… Or…it should be…
So be it!
Agape 132: Loving Humanity
We once, pre-renaissance, thought that our Sun
was the Center of our Universe…and
as a people, a church…condemned a great
man….Copernicus…yet, with a core of the
Truth being his, the Renaissance began
to gain momentum.
Galileo confirmed Copernican
theory in its own Light and led us
toward the Universe’s true dimensions.
Yet we are called, as mystics, back into
Our Own Center for…it is in here that
The Oneness centers its claim…in Our
That little self, the ego, is loosened
from its grip on our minds and horizons
in the rising illumination frees
our Hearts to open our Minds to lyrics
singing from our Soul’s intuition
All of those saved pennies can be spent Now!
Ideas and concepts dusted off in
the new Light from our awakening Minds!
Closets full of old dreams brought
into the Light, lit up!
Avenues brought out of the horizon’s Light…
community into the wonder…
Opening the Qibla
for all…into the knowing of Oneness…
Of The Unity…
that is The Love of Humanity!
The Love of You and Me