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Issue Twenty-Five: Safia Elhillo | The Adroit Journal — The Adroit Journal
it’s true doctor i am a firstborn a daughter
a fluvial child of loss         & yes of course

i love blame it is my government it is my god
poems  napomo 
yesterday by moireach
The Rumi Poem we should all Read. | elephant journal
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”
2 days ago by sachitgupta
The Guest House: A Poem - Mrs. Mindfulness
"The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks"
poetry  mindfulness  jellaludinrumi  poems  colemanbarks  hospitality  via:lukeneff 
4 days ago by robertogreco
the big picture, by ellen bass
I try to look at the big picture.
The sun, ardent tongue
licking us like a mother besotted

with her new cub, will wear itself out.
Everything is transitory.
Think of the meteor

that annihilated the dinosaurs.
And before that, the volcanoes
of the Permian period — all those burnt ferns

and reptiles, sharks and bony fish —
that was extinction on a scale
that makes our losses look like a bad day at the slots.
poetry  poems 
19 days ago by winekitteh
say it with your whole black mouth by Danez Smith - Poems | poets.org
say it with your whole black mouth: i am innocent
& if you are not innocent, say this: i am worthy of forgiveness, of breath after breath
poems  blm  race  napomo 
23 days ago by moireach
The Weight of Sweetness by Li-Young Lee - Poems | poets.org
No easy thing to bear, the weight of sweetness.

Song, wisdom, sadness, joy: sweetness
equals three of any of these gravities.
23 days ago by moireach
"oh antic God" by Lucille Clifton | Poetry Foundation
return to me, oh Lord of then   
and now, my mother’s calling,
her young voice humming my name.
23 days ago by moireach
here rests by Lucille Clifton | Poetry Foundation
may heaven be filled
with literate men
may they bed you
with respect.
23 days ago by moireach
American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“Probably twilight makes blackness dangerous”] by Terrance Hayes | Poetry Magazine
something happened in Ferguson
And Brooklyn & Charleston, something happened
In Chicago & Cleveland & Baltimore & happens
Almost everywhere in this country every day.
Probably someone is prey in all of our encounters.
poems  blm 
23 days ago by moireach

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