Monday, May 22, 2017

Wisdom of the falling leaves

Shedding leaves
One by one
Held on
For so long
Each a story
All its own
With each falling
Come tears of blood
With the tears
Acceptance comes
It comes but at a 
Handsome cost
You must feel
To let go
You feel
You falter
Let go and
Fall
And with each falling
You are caught
Float softly down
In the arms of grace 

Shedding leaves
One by one
Held on for so long
Hurts and loves
With each falling
A fear of loss
And with each loss
Something's gained

Shedding tears now
So many come
Like leaves falling
In the fall
So many memories
To let go
Like a monsoon
Floods the plain

Shedding stories
Shedding lives
Shedding sorrows
Shedding skins

Raw and weeping
Gnarly plain
Stands the tree now
Stripped and bare

Standing still
Majestic
Tall
Cold yet lovely
Winter comes
Stoic
Silent
Somber
Strong
The tree stands despite
The seasons' toll
Hope of spring time
In the air
It waits 
Patient
For times to change

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Poison
In my veins 
Politics
Dirty tricks
Cannibals
At my flesh pick
Vultures
In corporate suits
With rancid breath
And clammy hands
Grab my ass
Harrass
My silent screams
Unheard
Through the maze
Of formal complaints
In shock and dazed
I chase the shadows
Of human rights
Betrayed
ENRAGED
Wounded spirit
Tired feet
No screams
My lips sealed
The CEO free
While I can't breathe

It has a name
This
PLAGUE
Say it
Out loud
Not all who break
Were physically raped
For some the exploitation
Was mental
Emotional 
Some were grabbed
Groped
Harassed
A word 
Remark 
Or two
Demeans
Invades
MY SPACE

IT HAS A NAME
This plague
Say it
Out loud

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I rise

From cinder, ash and dust
I rise
With each tear that falls
I am cleansed
Hello there
Who are you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
My heart
My soul
I love you
I know this heart
I know this soul
This face
This hand
Wrinkled
Broken
Worn
And still
I love you

From the ashes 
And the dust
Yet I rise
And with each blow
That felled me
To the ground
Even as you watched
From that crumpled heap
I rose

Yes I rise
Anew
Reborn
Untorn
Ever free
Wild
I rise
I love you
I love you
I love you
I rise

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Seven and Three at WPC

Every now and then
I meet a soul 
Whose music enthralls my world 
In this vast
Universe
We share some space
Exchange a word
A connection made

In a life full of minutes
Momentous moments 
Such as this
My landscape make

#turtle
#pipes


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Haq sayaan...


Parh Parh Alam Fazal Hoya 
Kalam Baba Bulleh Shah

Parh parh Alam te faazil hoya
Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na

(You read to become
all knowledgeable
But you never read yourself)

You read so many books
to know it all,
yet fail to ever read your
heart at all.

Bhaj bhaj warna ay mandir maseeti
Te kaday mann apnay wich warya ee na

(You run to enter temples and mosques
But you never entered your own heart)

You rush to holy shrines to play a part,
Would you dare enter the shrine of your heart

Larna ay roz shaitaan de naal
Te kadi nafs apnay naal larya ee na

(Everyday you fight Satan
But you never fight your own Ego)

You are quick to attack the evil one,
yet pride is a battle you have not won.

Bulleh Shah asmaani ud-deya pharonda ay
Te jera ghar betha unoon pharya ee na

(Bulleh Shah you try grabbing that which is in the sky
But you never get hold of What sits inside you)

You grab for a star you can control,
yet fail to grasp the light in your soul.

Bas kareen o yaar
(Stop it all my friend)

Let the race end, my friend

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
Ik Alif teray darkaar

(Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend
Only an Alif is what you need)

Stop trying to be the one who knows,
for 'God is One' you need to know.

Bas kareen o yaar
(Stop it all my friend)

End the race, my friend

Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan
(God is the Master, God is All)

God is All we need! God is All!

Nee main jaanaa Jogi de naal

(I shall follow the Yogi {ascetic/sufi})

Follow the wandering dervish!

Jo naa jaane, Haqq ki taaqat
Rabb naa devey us ko Himmat

(Those who deny the Strength of Truth
Lord does not give them courage)

If you deny the power of all that's true,
God will not grant strength to you.

Hum Mann ke darya mein doobey
Kaisi nayya? Kya manjhdhaar?

(We have drowned in the river of Self
the boat and the flowing waters do not matter)

We are lost in this river of self,
no boat or streams are of any help.

Bas kareen o yaar
(Stop it all my friend)

End the race, my friend

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
(Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

Stop trying to know it all, my friend.

Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan
(God is the Master, God is All)

God is All we need! God is All!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Curtain fall

After all was said and done
The charade played out
The false pleasantries dispensed with
And the act seen through 'till curtain fall
Time slows down 
And I am content 
To just sit 
And be
Surrounded in warmth 
And genuine love

Monday, December 5, 2016

My mama bear

"I wish nani was here tonight, putting on her rollers and her Ponds creme smelling like her nani smell...she smells sooooo good! And I could just snuggle into her. I miss her!"
~Bug

And of late I miss her all the time too! I've spent more than half my life living away from her and I've not even hit forty yet! 

I finally begin to know and understand her, as I walk the life states she walked before me. I miss you mama duck!
❤️