Friday, February 27, 2009

Harvey Milk and Meister Eckhart Picnic in The Castro

Went to see Milk for the second time at The Castro Theater last night. This burst forth from me on the long drive home. Hope it blesses you.

Queen, Prophet and Priestess

I’m single
But G-d’s been courting me a bit
Slipping into my dreams
Like a shameless lover

__________It’s America,
____But in here,
___________________it’s the time of humid darkness,
___________________the color of womb,
_________Like the sound of the Creator
____Making love to Wisdom
_________And midwives
____________________Swimming galaxies
For the last five years and 9 months

_______________________________I’ve heard you tell stories
_________Of kisses that create spirituality
_________And wine and smokes that toke our artistic renditions
______________Of Saint Francis Missions and Jesuit wishings

_____These gaudy Castro walls
____________________We know whose splotches supplied the paint
_____We know the sane breaks
____________________Of window pain fakes
_____Harvey, but to you he’s a capital Milk
_____Supplying inspiration like estrogen
To Gragical Theology Priestesses
_______________Shifting light
_______________in centers

And here’s where wounds come in
_________________________Through wood imprinted
_________________________And subtle growths stinted
___________On the secrets at the heart
_________________________________________of the dark arts
___________Hand painted
________________a new
__________________language and color
With no longer a fear of the other
But rather
The afterlife collaborated
to half the strife
____________________Of those bongos in the sky
__________________________Now ain’t that fly

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Word Life: On Ash Wednesday

I got my ashes today at church and I was thinking about the other night when I was at Michelle's house and she showed me the ashes of her grandmother, in a ziplock bag, on her altar. And I was transfixed, because I had never seen human ashes before. I had never seen Michelle's grandmother before either, but I had seen her pictures, and read Michelle's poems about her. As if articulating something I could not she offered to let me hold them. I couldn't speak, I just held out my hand. Michelle spoke some words, "...don't they look like shells..." I couldn't catch most of it, I just kept thinking, "This was a breathing, living human, just like me, once." And then, I thought of Ezekiel 37, the bones that dance, how G-d promised that none would die in vein. And I asked if I could read it to her, and Michelle said yes. And I did. And it felt good.

That passage had so much meaning to me because just the week prior I had attempted to breathe new life in it. To give it modern rhythm, rhyme and relevance. This is what I came up with. All you alternate-theists (including the atheists, yeah Mia, I'm calling you out) forgive the G-d language. Replace it with your own favorite term. Anyway, like to hear it hear it go:

Word Life

From my bubble of excess
I peeped lands of rubble
Where children try to shake awake dead mothers
And families struggle
And G-d said to me,
“Can these people live?”
and I said, “Why ask me?
What have I to give?”
Said G-d, “Because it was with your resources,
And lack of attentiveness that they die.
So it is with your voice that I shall raise them high.”
And with that I was lifted in the sky,
Where I peeped down to see that which was dry,
Flooded with the veins of the ocean,
And me,
With my choked emotion,
No longer restrained,
I let go,
And watched the spirit of G-d flow from me,
Flooding the plain.
Like, “Bring it, this new song I gave you,
Sing it.
This paradise I created for you,
I meant it.
It was never my will that you’d be a slave who,
Had no place in it.”
And a voice shouted, “Preach!”
So from within I reach,
“Our purpose here, is to create a new song,
No matter what you fear, we must right the old and new wrongs,
Heed the path we must walk along,
And call to the past,
From which our strength is drawn,
And our angst moves on.”
And G-d said, “While you stand shocked,
At how the very thought,
Of your hands bring strife.
Don’t get caught, and worry not,
For my very words bring life.”
So I said, “You who thought you were dead,
You looking to the sky through your grandmother’s head,
Find the truth instead,
Placed in a grave,
And the bed,
Of a slave.
Even though,
Sometimes so far we roam,
We can’t even go,
To the place we thought was home.
G-d’s presence we can know,
Through the speech of a poem.
Is Word Life.”

Monday, February 23, 2009

Rumi Remix

I've been feeling the need to create more poetry but haven't been able to get there. So I decided to help myself by remixing a Rumi. I have two versions of the "That Lives In Us" poem. The first one came out a little more sinister than I wanted it to, so I decided to do it again with a little more positivity. But I like them all. The first is the original. Peace,

Tai Amri

That Lives In Us

If you put your hands on this oar with me,
They will never harm another, and they will come to find
They hold everything you want.

If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
Lift anything to your
Mouth that might wound your precious land—
That sacred earth that is your body.

If you put your soul against this oar with me,
The power that made the universe will enter your sinew
From a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
That lives in us.

Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
Love goes mad with blessings, like my words give.

Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?
The min that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
Will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear—to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.

That Dies In Us
(Dark Prophet Remix)

If we remove our hands from this artful bread making,
We will artfully create destruction, and we will find
We destroy everything we love.

If we remove our hands from this artful bread making, everything that enters us
Will break our teeth and grow cancer in our stomachs—
Increasing scar tissue that
Suffocates the land.

If we remove our souls from this artful bread making,
The power that made the universe will be confined
To a capsule, sold for $15 a pill,
And depleting our every inner resource.

Insane in our resistance, over identifying with our bubbles.
When we cease to crack open, black holes devour our face;
War-Porn our religion, from lies we live.

The past and the future live only in burned books,
The mind seeking de-evolution and life beneath its potential
Is dead at best.

We will be our best enslavers of our innocent mistakes.
Loving only the sounds and touch that keep us from dancing.
We refuse to see.

That Dies In Us
(Tai Amri Remix)

Don’t be afraid to break the skin of your soft hands,
All that dies is reborn, purposed only to heal,
We hold the sun.

Don’t be afraid to break the skin of your soft hands,
For in them lies the juices,
That mend the wounds of the earth,
The mirror behind us.

Don’t be afraid to break the shell of your soul,
To expel sacred biometric desires
Placing fires in the auras
In today’s tomorrows.

Infinite in the void, despair is omniscient.
Though sealed, divinity injects knowledge of death;
To confound the eternal, and release stagnation, like translation.

Why not submit yourselves to the wounds of today?
It is the hearts nature
To rest in what is.

All sins decay.
Forget the distraction to dig up the dead.
Contemplate the death of self.