Archive for March, 2010

Salat

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 by Stephen Tickner

E. Ethelbert Miller

I heard this poem on the radio program, Speaking of Faith hosted by Krista Tippett. She interviewed the poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, who is also the Director of Afro-American Studies Resource Center at Howard University, in a show titled Black & Universal.  He wrote this beautiful poem that I wanted to share.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Salat

poetry is prayer
light dancing inside words
five times a day
I try to write

step by step
I move towards the mihrab
I prepare to recite
what is in my heart

I recite your name

This second poem is one I found on the SOF website that was not part of the original program. It goes even deeper for me.

Faith: My Brother Richard Returns Home From the Monastery

i was not home
my mother, sister and i
had gone to the store
only my father was home

how happy he must have been
to open the door and see
his first born

to give your son
up to the lord is one thing
to receive him back is another

I would not have been surprised
if my father had lived the
rest of his life on his knees
I knew how grateful he was

faith is the meaning of love
between men