Re: [Panhala] TIRED OF SPEAKING SWEETLY — Hafiz (Redux of a personal favorite)

I subscribe to this poetry list and find I love many of the poems he sends out.
This one particularly hits home to me as I find I learn the most when Love turns me around to face forward, when I thought I had been facing forward all the time.
On Nov 08, 2017, at 03:22 AM, “‘Joe Riley’ [Panhala]” <> wrote:
Stormy Sea
Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.
If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room
By your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.
Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds
All your erroneous notions of truth
That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,
Causing the world to weep
On too many fine days.
God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us inside of a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.
The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down
And shake all the nonsense out.
But when we hear
He is in such a “playful drunken mood”
Most everyone I know
Quickly packs their bags and hightails it
Out of town.
~ Hafiz ~
(The Gift – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
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eagle’s flight – Naming God – 10/25/17

I woke up this morning rested and came to pray with pens in hand creating pictures, scribbles and words to discover and capture the Love from God that was healing my little scrapes from yesterday. Much that was good was spoken yesterday with deep friends, but that sometimes leaves little scratches, perhaps a skinned knee from small worries that I’d said too much (a small worry that springs up in me from time to time.)
But this morning my prayer/meditation/chat with God began with a hug. A Father/Mother/Holy Spirit Presence that said “I Love You” with such a warm hug that my bruised spirit was no longer even and issue.
And I am thankful for all that God is becoming for me.
Naming God
You All
(or Y’all in the original dialect)
brings all the Godhead
in as One
gender free, male and female
for me
Father, King, Conqueror
Love, Light, Truth, The Way
Incarnate One
All true
All with history
Holy All
Holy One
Holy Spirit, Peilush, Lord of Wind and Wave
Master, Lord, Friend, Guide, Maker, Coach
my names for the Great Lover of my soul
Husband to be
(We’ve been asked)
Now I/we must grow into our collective, “YES”
Yes, with all our heart
Yes, with all my heart
— — —
And you?
What are your names for God?
What would you call God in your good and not so good life experiences?
FYI – God already knows these names, so you aren’t surprising the Great Y’all
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eagle’s flight – 8th Day of Creation Musings – 10/5/17

In trying to find a way to live and love well in such a time as this I keep coming back to:
I love because God first loves me
I am called / commanded to love God back
I am called / commanded to love my neighbor just as I love myself
and that all the other law, prophets and musings on what is the right way to live hang from these 2 commandments.
So somehow love needs to be what all our our talk and actions hang from.
In these days of lies and misleading statements and actions with love given lip service but being largely left out as weak and cheap, it’s a bit hard to see how love could overcome the barrage that is driven by money power and desire for ME and MINE at any cost.
But we are told in the scriptures that love is over all things and that without it we are just making noise.
There is much noise these days. Here is my attempt to find Love’s road through it all.

8th day – creation musings
On the 8th day of creation
humans wake up
and begin to live in Eden – God’s garden
Eve –
is the one who talks with others
wants to try new things
the one Adam loves
and listens to
then blames for his own failure
this is the road of growing up
perhaps there was another way
but “we” didn’t take it
and still don’t
our way involves striving
wrong turns
and corrections

we are told
few will see
few will turn from their bad road
and find (again and again)
the narrow way
that leads God-ward
that leads deeper into Love’s Ways
and we are told
that the struggles / battles / trials / striving / fallings / rising again’s
perfect us
and we are told that just before the wedding
when we have finally “grown up” enough to start “real life”
there is a monumental battle
the largest explosion ever
out of which it seems the bride emerges
knit together
composed of the living and the dead
(and CS Lewis (The Great Divorce)
would have space created for those that don’t want to join in
and they shrink
until they vanish
because nothing is left
they’ve gone back to the void)
I wonder
we seem to be on a road of separation
perhaps another large war
between the rich “haves”
and the poor “have not’s”
1/3 of humankind wiped out? – it could be done
so how to build a community in the midst
of whatever comes
that holds all things
all people
in common
hmmm – could be done
likely with a few
who choose such a road
who choose such love as central
but perhaps it would be
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eagle’s flight – tricia the third – 9/18/17

Somehow this third wedding was the hardest for me. My youngest daughter getting married felt like a hole opening up somewhere deep within me. She was leaving me. She had physically left some years ago. But this giving away to another was somehow a deep sorrow buried somewhere in me under the joy of seeing the results of our helping hands in her growing up.
My joy/sorrow has become a new wine, well received by family and friends and I am made more fully whole in the new sharing with old and new friends

Tricia – the third

a seed planted
grows through to
with much tending
encouraging growth
in new and important directions
and the fruit
is so enjoyed
then crushed
for the new wine
which when aged
becomes yet more delightfully
and the wine
poured out
and shared
with others
is given away
it becomes delight
love shared
and received
in many new directions
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eagles flight – Eclipse Day (in Ohio) – 8/21/17

In Ohio working this week on the day of the solar eclipse crossing the US, and am reminded today of another eclipse described in the Old Testament scriptures.
Enjoy, and don’t go blind.
Eclipse Day (in Ohio)
Looking forward
to each new now
that breaks open today
as the Moon obscures
the Sun’s glory
and reveals much
we couldn’t see
in the brightness
and brilliance
and Your Glory
is made somehow
more beautiful for us
(as You did for Moses)
at the moment when
the least is showing
and we can finally see
and apprehend
the smallest portion
of Your Glory
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eagle’s flight – Room with 12 Doors Prayer Workbook – Each New Me – 7/20/17

I’ve been creating pictures of me and my relationship to God. Much of it comes from my coming to grips with particular scripture passages that catch my attention.
I’m doing this in order to live more deeply into these passages and see what they mean and how they work in my walk and practice.
So, This picture below is a picture of me at my current stage of growth in God. It’s not a complete picture and it changes slightly as I continue walking it out. It is what I currently see in part of me on my journey.
and here is a prayer I’ve crafted around this picture …
You wash me as I stand before you
Lord, I come before You
Standing on the Rock of Your death
Rooted through to the River of Living Water
buried beneath
Wash me as I draw the water up
my physical vitality and drive
my heart felt love and purpose
my mind’s understanding
and my ability to see with Your eyes
You crown me with Your Glory
and I overflow with Your Love and Life
for those I meet
and touch
indeed Lord,
make it so
— — —
and for those interested, here is an annotated version of this picture. This is how I currently see my relationship with God. It springs from my “House of the Lord” prayers and my “Room with 12 Doors” meditations.



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Eagles’s flight – A Crafted Prayer for our time

 I’ve been trying to craft a prayer for times we live in that I can use as a base to return to. This is my first attempt.  I would be interested to hear yours.


crafted prayer – for our time

love above
love beneath
love over all things
love at the center of all things

our sins have been swept away
my sins have been swept away

our eyes opened
to death among us
wickedness from the heavenly places
raising up
“me”, “my way”
wealth as my right, my goal
wielding power in the service of darkness

touch and draw Your people out of this darkness
into Your light
let love be awakened in many
to touch one other
to touch and be touched
with and by Your Love
to touch and be touched
with and by Your Love for themselves
to touch and be touched
with and by Love for one another

let us, your people
raise up our neighbors
befriend, invite, draw close, delight in
one another
as the darkness deepens
let our lights collectively grow stronger, brighter
and breathe life
Your life in through Your people

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