Rilkean memories ~ remembering makes us who we are

A beautiful ballad called ‘Remembering’ in an expressionist musical style by Avishai Cohen and his Trio, suffuses my home while I write this, as if to underline that I reminisce a lot and today I remember Rilke. “Poems are not . . . simply emotions . . . they are experiences”,  said Rainer Maria Rilke,…

Shearing grief off a Ficus

There is this beautiful Fiddle Leaf Ficus in my home that wasn’t naturally meant to be a stand alone tree like how it’s ornamental use dictates. It is from the plant genus Ficus, of about 900 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines and epiphytes, many of which produce aerial support roots that hang from their…

A haiku-esque photo amble on a long beach …

Stratified clouds jostling for attention, a self effacing Sun, quietly forming dunes, all conspired to create the perfect sand and spray in Ocean County, New Jersey; a day that began with oysters, after a long leisurely drive that ended finally on a long stretch of beach that provoked spurts of inspired Haiku. I call it…

The order of the spiral

Equiangularity in nature ~ Rethinking a philosophy in life    Time has certainly moved on from a place of incipient chaos and uncertainty to one of order and hope, although this wouldn’t appear to be the case with current events seemingly spiraling out of control. This schema of perception itself serves nothing except to create…

Nan-e Badoom inspired by a Sufi hymn of Amir Khusrau

     Life revolves around sustenance and sustenance lies  rooted in bread. Single celled yeasty organisms, continuously  budding, like producing like, as they slowly sustain themselves on the enriched artisan bread flour that I knead along with a dash of yogurt, some milk and ghee, to create a soft dough for preparing Naan.    Naan…