O’ Barman – Al Rumi from Shams Tabriz

     This piece from Shams Tabriz where Rumi describes his night at the bar: Where am I from? O barman pass me my drink, Pour that cheerful and holly liquor on my soul, O Barman, Put the beloved glass in my hands, thus it is my rock in despair O Barman, You are the […]

If A Tree Could Wander : Rumi

“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.” – Rumi Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī)  was a 13th Century Sufi mystic and poet, from Persia (Rumi was born in modern day Afghanistan and lived for a while in Turkey). Rumi’s poetry expresses his longing for union with […]

A Violin from heaven

  O murmur of the breeze, Go and tell the fawn To find sweet water Only intensifies my thirst I have a beloved Whose love inhabits my insides, Her spirit is my spirit and my spirit is hers, When she feels desire, I feel desire, When I feel desire, she feels desire. For your sake, […]

Bonanza’s Never Spoken Stanza

The pretty lady in the poem farted. It was funny because You do not always come across a lady farting in poetry. In fact, as the poet writes, he thinks twice Whether he should or should not take the risk to include her butt – her sexy ass – in this big, lousy mess.   […]

From an Empty Bottle

I was always intrigued by those who got drunk on Happy Hour. My curiosity sparked a certain need to know more about them and about their lives, and I just had to investigate them. I don’t know the reason, but I always found them mysterious, somewhat interesting. They looked wise yet dim-witted, happy yet morose. […]

My friend’s Book signing

Congratulations for my friend and my comrade Atallah Al Salim on his first published book “ Modaf Elayha”. It has been a beautiful and glorious path with you my comrade. Six years now we are friends, and yet our friendship keeps on flourishing. The first time I met Al-Salim was in a proletariat demonstration in […]