[Poetry Friday] Ibn Arabi’s My Religion is Love and Wendell Berry’s Vision

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Myra here.

Last week, I joined the Poetry Friday community with this lovely book, which I am sharing yet again this week.

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Thank you to Violet Nesdoly for hosting this week.


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There are simply way too many gems here to think about and savour that I find myself returning to this book again and again. This week, I would like to share these two poems that resonated deeply with me. I took photos of the pages and edited them using an iPhone app, as per usual.

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I love how this particular poem did not take the usual path towards hatred, bigotry, ignorance of things different from one’s self:

“Whichever the route love’s caravan take,

That shall be the path of my faith.”

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This poem by Wendell Berry reminds me that we need to work for things that are of value to us; that good things don’t come easy, and that at the end of the day, we buckle up and do what needs to be done.

 Which one did you like best?

4 Comments on [Poetry Friday] Ibn Arabi’s My Religion is Love and Wendell Berry’s Vision

  1. What a beautiful, inspirational pair, Myra. I especially love the first one, which is really fitting for me because I am really troubled by the attitude of many Australians towards people of faiths and cultures they see as ‘different’. I love the line “My religion is love.”

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  2. Incredible. I wish we could all have “My religion is love” printed on our hearts, so that spirit of love and community would be with us all the time.

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  3. Thanks for this post, Myra! Both poems are large and inclusive. I’m always partial to Wendell Berry. His is truly a vision of what we would love to see: “Families singing in the fields. … They will take nothing from the ground they will not return.”

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  4. I love both of those, especially as they teach us to love and not to judge. Be the tree rather than the woodsman. It’s an important lesson, especially as the 2016 Election season has been so divisive.

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