Barriers

The hardest part was exiting the cement wall

It was created to keep me on the other side

To keep me from seeing what was behind the wall

But there is always a way

And after many tries I left

What I saw on the other side was

The hustle and bustle of the city

Children eating popsicles and they walked, talked and laughed

I saw artists at work

I heard the cacophony of the sound of the cars and 

People sounding their horns

The concrete wall tried to contain me and stop my growth

But I was determined to grow

And slowly, painstakingly, I used my creativity

To grow and grow

My branches are lush with leaves now

Let me be an inspiration to those who

Want to move through the barriers of life

I may be bent, but I am happy

September 14th, 2020

Spring

It’s like a spring

What bubbles up are beautiful thoughts

And beautiful words

Each day there is something new

A poem

A photograph

A painting

A story

And the spring keeps bubbling up

The source, deep within the earth of our hearts

It’s like a spring

It waters the meadows that lie like a green carpet

Around us and under our feet

It’s like a spring

And hope is also a spring

The why and how not clear

But it exists in the hearts of those who see

September 8th, 2020

Sound of silence

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Where have the notes gone?

Why this deafening silence?

They were there until a while ago

And now they’ve fallen on the ground like fall leaves

Where have the notes gone?

We should be cheerful and happy

But there is no music to be heard

The page is bare and our hearts feel empt

Where have the notes gone?

I can still hear the melody in my head

It coloured my days

But now the days are dreary

Let’s gather up the notes

And rearrange them on the page

Let’s be agents of change

No waiting for others

Let’s be dreamers and builders

Architects of the future

It’s up to us to change things

And fill the world with music again

September 4th, 2020

Soul work

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When we say music nourishes my soul

What do you think that soul is?

When we say may his soul Rest In Peace

Where do you think his soul is?

 

Soul in intangible 

Can’t be measured or seen

Soul is mysterious 

Can’t be comprehended easily

But soul is essential 

Soul is vital

 

Our soul is what creates

What solves problems

Our soul is what dreams

What creates magic

Our soul is responsible for all the good we do

Joy is a quality of our soul

 

I think we should pay more attention to our souls

Contemplate what nourishes them and helps them grow

Because I hear our soul is eternal 

And as such, our efforts will be worthwhile 

 

August 30th, 2020

Our group

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Why do I spend so much of my time 

With my friends around the world

On our WhatsApp group or on Zoom?

Why do I try to read every post?

Why have I done that for the past five years without fail?

OK, during two trips I was delinquent 

There is a bond that connects us that goes far back in time

New bonds have been created in recent years

The space in which we meet is a positive one

With words of wisdom

With poetry and song

With artistic photographs

With chit chat of good friends

With laughter and joy

Why would I not want to go back?

 

In this world full of challenges

We need these kind of spaces

Safe spaces

Kind spaces

Happy spaces

Where we can express ourselves

Widen our horizons

Learn new things

Or simply be with our friends

 

So much love and effort 

Has been put in this space over the years

It’s like a building that has been built

A fortress

A fortress to keep us safe during difficult times

This fortress is made of love

 

August 9th, 2020

 

ps: This group of friends is made of over one hundred classmates who went to high school together is the late 1970’s in Iran. Now, we live all over the world, spending time together in the virtual world, as well as coming together in person.

Women of our times

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We read a poem written centuries ago

When the place of women was at home

When they had to do the bidding of men

When they did not receive much education

They did the domestic tasks and raised children

A noble thing to do

But in society they were not seen

And jobs outside the house for them was out of reach

Men ruled, made laws and conducted business

They even had time to write poetry

Women had to be pretty, pleasant and obedient

That was their role in society

Those days are behind us

Can’t go back there

Times have changed

Women’s expectations have changed

Educated women do what men do

To their homes they are not confined anymore

Do we have equality?

Not exactly

But we are on our way

Change happens slowly

July 29th, 2020

Yellow window panes

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The yellow window panes frame a picture

That reminds us of the grandeur of nature

The yellow window panes are the perfect frame

For the shades of yellow and orange in the sunset

We are moved by the harmony and beauty of what we see

 

The rich colours of the sunset above

The lush green landscape below

Separated by quiet and imposing mountains far off in the distance

Remind us of the beauty of what’s around us if we look out the right window

 

If we look out a window that shows the splendour of nature

And the colours and patterns that mesmerize us

Our heart is gladdened and we feel hopeful

If we look out a window that faces a wall

Obstacles are what we see

 

So let our mind’s eye turn toward that which is hopeful and inspiring

Of the many windows in our home, let’s spend some time

Looking at what cheers and encourages us

And helps us see what is possible

 

July 28th, 2020

 

photo credit:  Yasaman Jahanshahi

Not just sadness

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It’s suffering, not just sadness

It’s like a suffocating weight on your chest

That you can’t lift no matter how hard you try

Others think it’s possible and that you’re not trying hard enough

There is no way you can explain to them how it feels

And that you’re trying your hardest

 

It’s suffering not just sadness

Sadness passes

Depression does not

It’s a guest that arrives

And refuses to leave

 

It’s suffering, not just sadness

The kind of suffering that makes you wonder

What it the point of being alive

It pushes you to the edge of the cliff

And you have to prevent the fall

 

It’s suffering, just not sadness

It’s hopelessness

You know this is not how you’re supposed to feel

It’s not normal

 

It’s suffering not just sadness

It’s not temporary

It lingers day after day

Tries your patience

Tests your beliefs

 

It’s suffering not just sadness

It’s a warm and humid room

With a small window

That you can’t open because it has rusted

 

The suffering ends eventually

Sadness leaves

Joy returns

And when it does 

You’ve learned not to take anything for granted in life 

 

July 26th, 2020

Journey within

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We can live life on the surface

Or we can go deeper within our consciousness

And discover the gems of mystery that exist in us

Gems that need to be polished to shine

Gems that won’t buy us material things

But will enrich our spiritual life

We need to go deeper

We need to see with our inner eye

Our reality, which is most glorious

A reality that has been fashioned

To love and serve and create and contemplate

And we need to see the oneness

That exists in the world of being

And the unity that is at the core of us

The vastness that is available to us

The heights to which our spirit can climb

If we journey deep within us

 

July 21st, 2020

Golden skies

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It’s a golden sunset

The sky is bathed in gold

The water is a shimmering gold

The clouds are ribbons of gold

Is this our earth?

Or another planet?

In this golden sunset there is serenity and beauty

There is a sense that all is well with the world

How can this beautiful place be riddled with anxiety and disease?

How can in this world, man not love his fellow man?

How can in this atmosphere, the environment be under assault?

In this magical place,  peace doesn’t seem so far out of reach

In this golden sunset all is well

All is right

The way it should be

 

July 20th, 2020