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Sparrow on the Prophet's Tomb / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Of the three books collected here, the first is celebratory of Islam’s eschatology (next-world doctrine), the second an homage to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,... More > and the third written on an ‘Umra in 1995/96 to Mecca and Medina… These are all poems of my root work, going down into the loam of study, practice and fidelity to the ideas and often the terminology of Islamic and Sufic thought, while my poetic development since these book incorporates more imaginally leaping imagery and unhesitantly associational language, to more openly circumscribe both the tone and experience of a modern American but cosmopolitan Muslim/Sufi in our very promising but rambunctiously tumultuous times.< Less
The Perfect Orchestra / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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I’m not sure why anyone would want to undergo spiritual training, the rigors and difficulties of a path of spiritual discipline, except to reach a state of enlightenment. And I’m not... More > sure that the state of enlightenment would be one of grim survival, or a harsh stoicism after all the exhausting rigors, but rather a joyful and constant perception of the simultaneous multifariousness of all things, and the single Divine core around which we all endlessly circulate… The Perfect Orchestra of the Real. This world’s natural light is supernatural light, and even when shining on the discordant, radiates calm, back to the central chord, the tonally harmonic resolution that laps throughout the universe as well as through us, end to end, and back again.< Less
A Maddening Disregard for the Passage of Time / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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A MADDENING DISREGARD FOR THE PASSAGE OF TIME: While we are indeed born into time, and at death we slide out of time altogether into eternity, in whatever space we might conceive, in a supreme moment... More > we might taste timelessness, fleeting though it may be (though that fleetingness too being still only a matter of time). But there are also those whose “disregard” of the passing of time is due to their absorption in Eternity, and The Eternal One.< Less
Stretched Out on Amethysts / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Poems of ecstatic movement, longing, glimpses and glimmers of the divine reality of our existence: Not a moment can be squandered / not a moment can be lost // Grab the rope and swing out / over... More > the abyss // “What rope?” you say / when there are / ropes all around us // dangling at our elbows and lying in / coils at our feet // But invisible to our visible eyes // Our eyes must quit the visible / to see them< Less
Sparks Off the Main Strike / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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In all the poems of a poet's work there's the impulse to get to the bottom of things, to the original energy pulse, the first cause as it manifests in the present tense, the spark off the main... More > strike. As always, the title came to me first, and the poems followed, some faithful some astray from the theme, but always rebounding back again to resonate with that original strike, in these scattered sparks.< Less
Invention of the Wheel / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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These poems consider (sometimes wildly) the inventions that are our lives, and their Inventor, the Divine Fashioner of ourselves and our actions, with passionate imagination, surreal humor, and... More > abiding focus and love for that Fashioner, in all His manifestations.< Less
In Constant Incandescence / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Try to describe light and it’s hopeless/ Nothing can quite catch in words luminous nothingness/ Hold something up in light and it’s revealed in it say a/ miniature Easter Island... More > head now brought out in its/ full strangeness by the surrounding illumination/ But how can you hold up something like light in light and hope to achieve/ the thing the flash the flat surrounding splashy airiness of brightness/ in whose beneficence everything/ including us is revealed?...< Less
Chants for the Beauty Feast / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Chants for the Beauty Feast are poems in celebration of our breathing, living, daring and imaginal beauty, in this world with all its aches and pangs, and the next and the Unseen world with its... More > intersections into and throughout this one, divinely directed. Light everywhere moving with relentless bliss.< Less
Holiday from the Perfect Crime / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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Somehow the resonance for me during the entertaining of this title as an abiding albeit background theme for the poems, was the perfect crime of our existence: perfect because created by a perfect... More > Creator. A crime because we get up to such malfeasance all the time, at the lower end of it, and a crime at the higher end in the sense that the Sufis often mention, that any existence of theirs before Allah ta’ala, any flake or residue of their self-ness, is a crime, a flaw, an obstruction before the Light of God. Only when you have known a saint (wali) of whatever spiritual practice do you the sense of a personality honed to its finest before the divine consciousness, whose actions and words and thoughts are soaked in divinity to such a degree that the person is truly human in its essence and effaced before God in His ever-present and infinitely Merciful activity.< Less
Ramadan Sonnets / Poems By Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
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RAMADAN SONNETS, not always a spiritual meditation, nor often even what should be felt and achieved in the fast (the poems are striving for some reality of feeling and experience), these poems are an... More > imaginatively inspired record of the month, its small epiphanies and grim endurances, heading out from its physical constraints to contemplate a vast panorama, or focusing in on particulars, those embryos of explosive meaning, to evoke the blessed month of Ramadan's intertwining flavors of asceticism and sensual gratitude, its palatable and palpable Light.< Less