Poem (text & audio): If All the Wood in the World

if-all-the-wood   (audio)

If all the wood in the world were to sing

and every rose gave a political speech

and every cloud took pity on its neighbor

and every stone composed an epic poem about
being a stone

and every dust mote were aware of its
mortality as it lay or drifted onto the
curved or flat surfaces of things

and the blind archer let go of his bowstring
and his arrow sang out its target as it
flew through to its intended goal

and the air itself through which it flew
hummed in anticipatory monotones

and water blew wet kisses to the sky

and every flame danced Flamenco
stamping itself out with its own heels until quenched

and each of us saw God direct with our
own eyes in naked vision
as clearly as we see ourselves stooping to
drink from a lake

cupping the water with our hands and
catching our eyes looking back at us
as snowy mountains go up around us to the
peak of the sky

And each of us knows we see this and
acts upon it

and phones ring with the news

But there is no news

It’s as old as God
though there be no time with God

and everything is therefore inside-out to
what it seems

and that raw inner surface is
where our existence lies

singing to the clouds and roses
and the blur of things as well as their clarity

and everything stops though it
never stops but only

flows or floats or seems to stop and start so
fast it’s like movement but is immobile

as only God moves

though He be motionless

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11/5/2006 (from In the Realm of Neither, in preparation)

About danielabdalhayymoore

Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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6 Responses to Poem (text & audio): If All the Wood in the World

  1. Marc says:

    and every dust mote were aware of its
    mortality as it lay or drifted onto the
    curved or flat surfaces of things

    Fantastic, Daniel. Allah increase you in your Talent!

    Salaam.

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  2. Deborah says:

    Ahhhhhhh, how refreshing and beautiful are your words as they dance so purposely and enticingly around the soul, taking us to a place where we can find endless peace.

    Many thanks,

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  3. king leafy watkins says:

    “and everything is therefore inside-out to
    what it seems

    and that raw inner surface is
    where our existence lies

    singing to the clouds and roses
    and the blur of things as well as their clarity”

    But how do we get there! That “raw inner surface!’ How do we live THERE! Where’s the courage, where’s the trust, where’s the love to get there??!!!!?!?!

    God Bless.

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  4. Ah, King Leafy…

    If it not be in thee it not be anywhere… for thou art the world. Which also doesn’t exist.

    Blessings multiplied.

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  5. ahmad says:

    Salams Abdul Hayye
    Glad to see your website, impressive and highly expressive naturally. Shouldnt we be invited once more to the…. by the….. Or is a one time thing.
    Take care and stay in touch. Salams to the familly.
    Ahmad Hamid

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  6. Ahmad Hamid says:

    again refreshing with a hif of LOVE. Bless you Abdal Hayye
    Ahmad Hamid

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