The Blue Mosque
In Istanbul, the Blue Mosque, Allah’s shrine
of Holy shrines, invokes his Love for all
who visit her but once, His holy sign
for every faith, to those who heed the call;
Yes, raise your eyes on high, and view her vaults
and Carian columns so fairly nuanced
you’ll fall on your knees... where?... in Allah’s sight,
whose Mind is in our humblest minds ensconced.
And if you sense that Jesus too is there
and Moses from the Mountain has returned,
how can the world ignore your every prayer,
how can we fail if love is never spurned?
Religions of the world must reunite
since this, our holy shrine, reveals the Light.
February 28 2019
I was profoundly blessed when I had the great good fortune to visit the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, on April 29 2012. Never in my entire life have I ever ever seen a religious shrine as lovely as this. I was utterly overwhelmed by its sheer glory. If you ever get the chance to visit the Blue Mosque, you should not pass it by. You will be so deeply moved and graced by it that you will never regret for an instant your having visited it.
The photo you see here is my own.
J’ai été profondément béni d’avoir la chance inestimable de visiter la Mosquée Bleue à Istanbul le 29 avril 2012. Je n’ai jamais vu de la vie un lieu saint aussi beau que celui-ci. J’ai été complètement bouleversé par sa gloire imposante. Si vous aurez jamais l’occasion de la visiter, vous ne devez pas la laisser s’échapper. Vous serez tellement ému que vous ne regretterez jamais un seul instant une telle visite.
C’est ma propre photo que vous voyez ici.
spring haiku de printemps – the Blue Mosque = la Mosquée bleue
the Blue Mosque
flush with flowers –
la Mosquée bleue
embellie de fleurs –
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul is one of the most famous and surely one of the loveliest mosques in the world. La Mosquée bleue à Istanbul est une des plus renommées et assurément l’une des plus belles au monde.
in commemoration of the savage attack on a Muslim mosque
in Quebec City, Sunday, January 29, 2017
3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you,
rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.
4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times
come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Luke 17: 3-4
Is humankind so kind or so unkind
we have embraced and have abandoned love
we’ harmonized ... or despotize to blind
ourselves to pitying the mourning dove? —
or mob ourselves with xenophobic crime? —
and chase our dreams but chase them all away? —
We pillorize our neighbours half the time,
while terrorizing those for whom we pray.
Come on! What, come again? Can you explain
why our religion has to reign supreme,
while theirs and yours must suffer mindless pain
to kill our worlds that no one can redeem.
Excuse me, God... Hey, do You give a damn
as we expose our souls to another scam?
January 30, 2017
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