The Gift

Sometimes books of poetry have a way of finding you exactly when you need them to. Such was the case with The Gift, a book of poems by Hafiz, an ancient Persian poet and Sufi master. I’d long known who he was, and had probably seen a poem or two of his before. But last night as I perused the poetry shelves of the Harvard Bookstore, The Gift called out to me and I bought it. This morning I took it with me to Worcester courthouse where I had to sit for several cellphone-less hours while I waited to testify as a witness for a case. So many beautiful, timeless poems. But this one especially struck me:


I rain
Because your meadows call
For God.

I weave light into words so that
When your mind holds them

Your eyes will relinquish their sadness,
Turn bright, a little brighter, giving to us
The way a candle does
To the dark.

I have wrapped my laughter like a birthday gift
And left it beside your bed.

I have planted the wisdom in my heart
Next to every signpost in the sky.

A wealthy man
Often becomes eccentric,

A divine crazed soul
Is transformed into infinite generosity

Tying gold sacks of gratuity
To the dangling feet of moons, planets, ecstatic
Midair dervishes, and singing birds.

I speak
Because every cell in your body
Is reaching out
For God.


New beginnings and workshopping season

Here it is, my brand new website! I can’t believe I created this after so many years of deliberating. Now that it’s here, it seems absurd how long I fought with myself about creating such a site. Poetry, and by extension my self, are supposed to live in the non-wired world, on pages that smell of ink inside books you can hold that are redolent of bookbinding glue. But creating this site doesn’t need to be at odds with that sensibility. And it’s a time of new beginnings for me as I break the bounds, walls, and structures I erected and cultivated for years. I intend this site to be a place where all of my writerly life can dwell. There will be info about my poetry, who I’m currently excited about in the world of poetry, readings I’m giving/participating in, and the new workshop I’m leading. So by the way, if you’d like to sign up for my Worcester Workshop for Publishing Poets (WoWoPuPo), please see the flyer on the Workshops page and contact me since it starts next week!