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Ibn’Arabi ~ Alone with the Alone

The Theophany Of Perfection Hear, O My beloved! You are the reason for the being of the world You are the center-point of the sphere and its encompassing You are its complexity and simplicity You are the order brought down

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For Someone Who Did You Wrong ~ John O’ Donohue

For Someone Who Did You Wrong Though its way is to strike In a dumb rhythm, Stroke upon stroke, As though the heart Were an anvil, The hurt you sent Had a mind of its own. Something in you knew

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Poems of Izumi Shikibu (10th century)

Her poems and correspondence, part of a tradition of court love poetry, frequently combine erotic and romantic longing with Buddhist contemplation. In Love Poems from the Japanese (2003), poet and translator Kenneth Rexroth noted of Shikibu, “Of all the poets of the

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Another ~ Goethe

Go! obedient to my call, Turn to profit thy young days, Wiser make betimes thy breast In Fate’s balance as it sways, Seldom is the cock at rest; Thou must either mount, or fall, Thou must either rule and win,

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Freedom/Saoirse ~ Séan O Ríordáin

A reading and singing of the poem ‘Freedom’ written by Seán Ó Riordain. It was written in Irish as ‘Saoirse’, and Iarla Ó Lionaird sings it, while Paul Muldoon reads his translation simultaneously. It’s a satire on people’s mistrust of

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Two Poems by Mary Oliver

“How I go to the woods… Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable. I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or

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I sense there is this mystery ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

I sense there is this mystery: All life is being lived. Who is living it, then? Is it the things themselves, or something waiting inside them, like an unplayed melody in a flute? Is it the winds blowing over the

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The Artist’s duty ~ Kenneth Patchen

So it is the duty of the artist to discourage all traces of shame To extend all boundaries To fog them in right over the plate To kill only what is ridiculous To establish problem To ignore solutions To listen

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e-love vows ~ Sam Keen

e-love vows If you will be my cyber-sweetie I will be your constant tweetie. You, my faithful Facebook friend, Ours, a virtual love without end. We will chat and have a quickie, (no need to fear a leak from Wiki)

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The Whole Mess…Almost ~ Gregory Corso

I ran up six flights of stairs to my small furnished room opened the window and began throwing out those things most important in life First to go, Truth, squealing like a fink: “Don’t! I’ll tell awful things about you!”

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Cavafy ~ Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians, Cyclops, angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things like that one on your way as

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Cavafy ~ Waiting for the Barbarians

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything happening in the senate? Why do the senators sit there without legislating? Because the barbarians are coming today. What laws can the

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Cavafy ~ But The Wise Perceive Things About To Happen

“For the gods perceive future things, ordinary people things in the present, but the wise perceive things about to happen.” Philostratos, Life of Apollonios of Tyana, viii, 7. Ordinary people know what’s happening now, the gods know future things because

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Hymn to Matter ~ Teilhard de Chardin

(Art by Robert Venosa) HYMN TO MATTER ‘Blessed be you, harsh matter, barren soil, stubborn rock: you who yield only to violence, you who force us to work if we would eat. ‘Blessed be you, perilous matter, violent sea, untameable

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Journal Entry October 18th, 1839 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am to invite men drenched in Time to recover themselves and come out of time, and taste their native immortal air. I am to fire with what skill I can the artillery of sympathy and emotion. I am to

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Before I Leave This Stage ~ Alice Walker

Before I leave the stage I will sing the only song I was meant truly to sing. It is the song of I AM. Yes: I am Me & You. WE ARE. I love Us with every drop of our

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This Is What You Shall Do ~ Walt Whitman

(Tree of Life – Samaire Provost) “This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and

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e.e. cummings on Poetry

…so far as I am concerned, poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality… poetry is being, not doing. If you wish to follow, even at a distance, the poet’s

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Creation’s Witness ~ Mirza Abdul Qader Bedil

(Image Source ~ Creation’s Witness By Mirza Abdul Qader Bedil   At time’s beginning that beauty which polished creation’s mirror caressed every atom with a hundred thousand suns. But this glory was never witnessed. When the human eye emerged, only

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How Shall I Define What Thing I Am ? ~ Mirza Khan Ansari

How Shall I Define What Thing I Am?   By  Mirza Khan Ansari   How shall I define what thing I am Wholly existent, and non-existent, I am.   Whatever becomes naught out of entity, The signification of that nothingness

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