Author Archives: danielabdalhayymoore

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...

EVERYTHING’S AN OFFSHOOT

Everything’s an offshoot of
something else
just as we are offshoots

So a boat on the high seas being tossed by waves
got there by a web of
circumstances that
includes the tempest sunset whose
gorgeous glory fills the doomed
with joy… Continue reading

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FLOWER SHAPES

FLOWER SHAPES Flowers in the shapes of cozy houses, fountains in the shapes of windows opening onto gardens, roadways over bridges in the shape of prancing white horses, bridges leaping over gurgling streams in the shape of two people in … Continue reading

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UNTIL THE VERY LAST BREATH

When we look at death’s door it looks like nothing at all Blank and featureless a serious expression on a featureless face that could be gazing across empty desert or a crowded room at a dark frail flower limp on … Continue reading

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Orpheus Wore That Look

Orpheus wore that look of astonishment for the rest of his life How could he have been so thoughtless as to turn around? And so near the top? Wasn’t hearing her behind him on the steep gravel enough? It was … Continue reading

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Saintly Places

We need to stand in saintly places the way our body needs food to not topple over We need to go there and find nearness there even just a rude rock-strewn place where something saintly took place or is taking … Continue reading

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A LITTLE RAMSHACKLE SHACK

A LITTLE RAMSHACKLE SHACK PART 1 A little ramshackle shack on a hill blown apart by the wind door roof and walls lofted aloft and sent flying no weightier than paper upon which is casually written a name twists in … Continue reading

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World Split Apart

  The façade of a building falls away and reveals a man praying A bakery loses its show-window showing a hundred weddings who’ll have to wait in the next world for their cakes An Orthodox cathedral split in two revealing … Continue reading

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Extend Your Shadow

  If you haven’t been parted from what you truly love then foot cannot follow foot nor heart follow heart Beasts born in the wild have the wild to bring them to their higher education How can we see what … Continue reading

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Poem: All the Dead Children

Angels are learning new tricks to entertain all the dead children just bringing them to a quiet place used to be enough blue panels sonorous as cool winds rising to infinite heights and luminous rivers tasting of fresh milk and … Continue reading

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Poem: Splendid Excitement of the Coming Day

  Splendid excitement of the coming day! Palaces might await us filled with the tangiest grapes down esplanades of golden cypresses behind walls we can barely see over at dawn for the height of their occasional distractions But melodious lute … Continue reading

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Four Corners of the Universe

    The four corners of the universe can be seen as a little room deep inside the universe with planetary motions out each window as we sit in the center of the room fasting or eating A giant phoenix … Continue reading

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First Night of Ramadan

  A single stone is thrown in and the canyon resounds with the hallelujahs of angels A single breath contains the known and unknown universes Back behind edgeless space are motions that vibrate the heart Back behind ancient mountains and … Continue reading

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Poem: Great Cruelty and Heartlessness

  We’re living in a time of great cruelty and heartlessness where instead of a sun they’re throwing up anvils Instead of sunlight there’s the sound of hammers beating Instead of walking there’s kicking Instead of thinking there’s talking It’s … Continue reading

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THE PATH

You start early you’re nobody’s fool You set out on foot no snow will stop you Shapes in the mist statues of warriors Arms raised and weapons You’re undaunted no footprints before you You make your way Wolf howls echo … Continue reading

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OF MY MOTHER, 92, WITH ALZHEIMERS

  1 I hate to think she may no longer dream of me. She lies on her couch and stares at the ceiling like a bird. Blinks and keeps staring. Her arthritic fingers like bird claws. But her face also … Continue reading

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HE COMES RUNNING

(Note: A new chapbook of poems written in Turkey recently, in pocket size format, during sohbets (talks) given by a saintly teacher, my zone listening to the Turkish producing these amiable meditations. Calligraphies punctuate the poems, by great Chinese calligrapher, … Continue reading

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LITTLE BLACK FLY ON THE WALL

The little black fly on the wall doesn’t stop to think what he knows, those multiple eyes are enough. God’s sight through them shows him the world. Birds don’t think, “Fly or soar as I       might, I’m … Continue reading

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Mawlid in New Brunswick, NJ, this past Friday, alhamdulillah…

Salaama Here’s a video snippet of the singing during the New Brunswick Mawlid I participated in. I’m the left hand corner squinting at the text… the singing was so reminiscent of mawlids in Morocco due to the fine leadership of … Continue reading

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By Our Smallness We Know Your Vastness

  O Prophet of Allah, by our smallness we know your vastness, by our electron microscopes we know in this world how very little of the whole world we can know — what shape we are in, what velocity through … Continue reading

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Winter Scene

(Note: Though this poem was written in 2001, amazingly it turns out to have been written the same date as tonight, January 7, during one of the coldest Polar Vortex chill blasts I’ve experienced, and certainly the coldest in many … Continue reading

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