Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"A Sanctuary" [ghazal]

When news arrives   green light to build a sanctuary
enthusiasts delight   God willed a sanctuary

might Kali's yugic pen withdraw   without first limning
her line of would-be fright?   they killed a sanctuary

the sanctity of birds occasions   wild digressions
sweet clamor rose   when flight befilled a sanctuary

sheltered by branches   domes might draw prayers' leafy arbor
when ardor's flame grows bright   they build a sanctuary

prospects wax green where kelly sward meets pool adorning
(after ink far-from-slight's been spilled) a sanctuary

the soul's return needs holy company   said Nanak
go where confusion's blight is nilled   a sanctuary

while Raphael's afar   his heart drew near & whispered
a phrase long quilled by light's hushed guild   a sanctuary


Sufi[sm] Reoriented worship center project approved
(Contra Costa Times)
"said Nanak" -- more like a general paraphrase (via poetic license)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Non-dual Non-Sequitur [gnomic verse]

"Our writing instruments contribute to our thoughts"
thus spake Friedrich Nietzsche in 1882
so data is described as a realm of ones & aughts?
"things are as evanescent" quoth Shankar "as the dew"


1st quote is from: Hansen Writing Ball (Wikipedia)
2nd quote is paraphrased from the Vivekachadmani of Shankaracharya

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Self-Generation [gnomic verse]

Love makes its own comment
valor proves its own prize
sorrow sings its own lament
vision brings its own eyes

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Noise-to-signal"   [ghazal]

When the noise-to-signal ratio grows extreme
will renascent thorns pronounce the rose extreme?

lend fresh clarity O midnight! when darbari's
open window day's brute echo shows extreme

is the writer some rough football in their play?
head's expendable! declaim blunt toes extreme

is the middle path obliterate O Buddha
when the raft declares the one who rows extreme?

Raphael why sift through shadow seeking substance?
gold's spent glimmer dreaming eyes suppose extreme

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Heartbreak Hotel   [gnomic verses]

"There are no happy poets"
a poet once opined
all poetizers know it's
a paradox of mind

yon sea of bliss bides deep
ink's darkling path looms steep
for bright bliss poets pine
heartbreak imparts dark wine

1st line borrowed from the tweet of Raj Devjani (via Facebook-mirrored response of Sharanya Manivannan)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Questions & Answers

Questions   why do you arise?
Beings whither-ward depart?
Whence shines sparkle in your eyes?
Answers hide within the heart

Questions & Answers   [gnomic verse]

Questions   why do you arise?
Beings whither-ward depart?
Whence shines sparkle in your eyes?
Answers hide within the heart