Poems by Martin Bidney
11. Lyrical Response to a Verse in Sura 2 “The Cow”
138. (We take our) colour from Allah, and who is better than Allah at colouring. We are hisworshippers.Rumi pictured God as dyeing vat.Souls, the garment dipped in it, would beBathed in all-including whiteness thatBlended tints in His Infinity:Cleansed of all iniquity would weRadiant gleam, the angels glad thereat.Poets, Lord-devoted, never warOver choice of images that theyMay select for holy metaphorWhich will dance in grand, accordant play.Many’s the imaginative wayWe the greatness of the Grace adore.Let me then suggest the emblem trueWhile we dwell on earth had best be green.So, rejoicing, Adam, Eve would viewTrees of Life: each leaf as symbol seenOf a Stewardship that, pure, serene,Can preserve a world of heightened hue.12. Lyracal Repose to a Verse in Sura 2 “The Cow”148. And each on hat a goal toward which he turneth; so vie with one another in good works.Wheresoever ye may be, Allah will bring you all together….Each person has a goal to which he turns,So vie with one another in good deeds.Unending exploration wisdom earns,And yet the unifying Spirit heedsA higher love, the deepest of our needs,And so will bring you all together, yearnsTo help the mind, centrifugal, that speedsIn upward, outward spiral, or that burnsIn swift elliptic orbit, heart that readsA world-enwhirling sciencecrypture, learnsHumility through pride yet never spurnsThe glory of the quest, nor yet impedesThe life, the energetic fire that feedsThe hope that souls to one another leads.13. Lyrical Response to a Verse in Sura 2 “The Cow”164. Lo! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of night and day, and theships which run upon the sea with that which is of use to men, and the water which Allah sendethdown from the sky, thereby reviving the earth after its death, and dispersing all kinds of beasts therein, and in the ordinance of the winds, and the clouds obedient between heaven and earth:are signs (of Allah’s sovereignty) for people who have sense.In Allah’s world to be is to become,To breathe, to run, to alter, and to move:Who doesn’t add, subtracting from the sumNo adept in the heav’n pursuit will prove.When static in your walled-in thinking, you’veNo role in motion’s flow-continuum.The day and night must alternate their rule;Upon the sea the useful ship will run:The rain-descent revives the world, and you’llInhale the plenitude which had begunWith wind-creation, heaven-benison,When alif-breath infused in Adam fuel.The Lord His creatures widely will disperseAnd make them colorful in sundry kinds;The ordinance of winds, the universeEnlivening with mindfulness, enwindsThe breathing of the sky and earth: one findsTwin pleasures – to emerge and to immerse.The cloud that glad receives the mercy-dewUp-climbing, coming down again in the rain -Does fertile work in fostered field made new,Filled more with bliss than heart can well contain.To change, to die and rise, our loss and gain,Our wakefulness and pain, are One-in-two.