Posts tagged ‘Poetry’

March 29, 2014

Bibi, Lady of Leisure

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Nikasha WIFW AW 2014

Regular Chatterboxes know I am a real sucker for Sufi poetry and I was delighted to find that designer, Nikasha had a Rumi poem in her show notes:

In your light I learn how to love…
In your beauty how to make poems
You dance inside my chest where no one else sees you,
but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.

Wah wah, masha’allah! Ok, back to the collection.

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March 25, 2014

Ghazal & Sufi with Sheeba Khan

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On Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending a light classical music concert of ghazals and Sufi music in Gurgaon (near Delhi).  The singer, Sheeba Khan is a classically trained disciple of Jawaad Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan.

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February 14, 2014

Spread It Thick: Cheesy Love!

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Well just like that it’s The Most Romantic Day of The Year again.   And of course, I’m here to the rescue for what to write in your message to your loved one(s ;-))

And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.
― Rumi

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November 29, 2013

It Happens All The Time in Heaven

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It happens all the time in heaven,
And some day
It will begin to happen
Again on earth –
That men and women who are married,
And men and men who are
Lovers,

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November 9, 2012

These Spiritual Window Shoppers

Thank Rumi It’s Friday.

These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

Where did you go? “Nowhere.”
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much.”

Even if you don’t know what you want,
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.

It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.

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February 17, 2012

Live Music & Poetry: Enjoy Hafez

As you are aware Chatterjis, I love a bit of romantic poetry and was both happy and sad that SOAS are hosting a Hafez Persian poetry event.

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February 14, 2012

Warning: Strong Cheese Ahead

Happy St Valentine’s Day!♥  If you haven’t written your cards yet, perhaps these delightful Sufi poems will inspire you:

When the sweet glance of my true love caught my eyes,
Like alchemy, it transformed my copper-like soul.
I searched for Him with a thousand hands,
He stretched out His arms and clutched my feet.

From Thief of Sleep, Shahram Shiva

 

A Smile and A Gentleness

There is a smile and a gentleness
inside. When I learned the name

and address of that, I went to where
you sell perfume. I begged you not

to trouble me so with longing. Come
out and play!

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February 3, 2012

60 Second Sufism

Two little ‘uns for the weekend, enjoy! Bubbly

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell.
We must get up and take that in,
that wind that lets us live.
Breathe before it’s gone.

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December 16, 2011

Sufi Poetry Corner

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.

What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.

It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.

So- I’ve brought you

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September 30, 2011

Sufi Magic

Hafiz and Rumi are two of my favourite Sufi poets.  Here is my next selection from their vast archive:

The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’

Look what happens with a love like that.

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April 15, 2011

Cheese Lover

In my old age I am becoming a Sufi poetry fan, a lot of which is dedicated to cheesy love. 

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.

RUMI

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