A reading from the mystic poet Rabia of Basra

This post is my portion of a UU worship service I helped put together with a group of 4 adults, 4 youth at Midwest Leadership School July 17. 

Whether you are a Unitarian Universalist by birth or you have chosen this path later in life, you are part of a liberal religious community in which courage is essential. It takes courage to seek a different spark of sacred and to hold every human being in that light. It is a truly divine spark.

From “Love Poems from God,” Daniel Ladinsky, ed.

Rabia of Basra, a Middle Eastern mystic poet, was born nearly 500 years before Rumi, and although it is rarely said, she, perhaps more than any other poet, influenced his writings. Sold into slavery at a young age, she suffered unspeakable abuse. But she embraced the spark of the sacred, what she called The Beloved, so it outshone the horrors she experienced every day. By sharing this spark, she chose to create love out of chaos. Her poem: “They Might Hold Hands”

Maybe if I brought the moon a little closer, lovers would argue less.

They might hold hands outside and point to the heavens and say, “I think God is up to something sweet!”


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2 Responses to A reading from the mystic poet Rabia of Basra

  1. Julie says:

    K, this is a beautiful poem and a sweet reminder of the courage it takes to share one’s inspiration and spark. You do it well! Love you and happy birthday to shilo, which rhymes with milo. 🙂

    • krocksauce says:

      Hey Julie G. Thank you for the comment. It is a sweet exploration. Do you recognize where this poem comes from? Love Poems From God…the book you gave your wedding party. It has been essential reading for me and shared with many of my friends. Love.

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