Some poems...

In April 2004 Sri Chinmoy celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his arrival in the West. For his students, it presented the perfect opportunity to take up a personal challenge and complete it by April - anything from learning forty songs on a new instrument to doing forty long-distance runs to repeating a mantra forty thousand times over three months.

Around January 2004, I was working for a month with other students of Sri Chinmoy in a shop in Graz, Austria when I instinctively putting a few things to paper, and before I knew it I had three poems written. Then the idea came to turn it to forty by April.

I was doing pretty well and on target with a month to go but then I took my eye off the ball and ended up having to write ten poems in the last week! Sri Chinmoy had said of his poetry that he just concentrates on the quantity and lets God take care of the quality - this was certainly true of me that last week. But it was all completed and sent off - strange thing is, I haven't written another poem since.

These three I wrote in Graz - I kind of like them because they remind me of a time when spiritually I was doing quite nicely.

Also, here's a link to some poems I like by other poets...

Richard, a student of Sri Chinmoy from the Oxford centre, runs a great site called where one can find spiritual poetry from all around the world...

Not to mention Sri Chinmoy's own poems...

First Steps

walking home

it had rained

the streetlights were dancing in the puddles

dancing all the way home
All I could think about

was the memory
of my youngest brother
about to take his first steps
all set up for the cameras
Dad holding him upright
and Mam waiting with arms outstretched.
I only really remember
the look on his face,
those eager moons of eyes
that have never known suspicion,

and that smile; think that a smile
        could break loose
         from the shackles of his face
         and resurface inside my heart now
         all of fifteen years later........
That smile,
it filled him up so completely,
and he probably wasnt even aware
of the task ahead of him,

oblivious to everything

except his love for his mother,

and his absolute trust

that she would never let anything happen to him

Dad let him go

and he ran

Running up hills

My body hates hills.

My mind hates hills.

My vital boasts its enthusiasm

for the first hundred metres or so.

   okay, my vital hates hills too.


But only my heart matters

my heart

bounding forward like a puppy

dragging its supposed owner by the leash


gratitude for this Yoga

every day I am left confounded

that it still survives

my clawing mind

but then again

I suspect

it has never fully recovered

I suspect

despite the maintenance of facade

deep down

it will forever remain in shock

staring slack-jawed

in amazement

as to how I was won over

by what seemed to it

to be just another theory

where I could carve the bits I liked

and wedge them in

to fill the holes

in all my other theories


gratitude for this Yoga

for the inspiration and courage I needed

 to throw away these fond musings

the chance to just live this life

and let this Yoga cradle me;

you have taken my horizons

and flown away with them

towards the stars

a smile-shaped constellation

inside my heart

a smile stretching

one end of the universe

to the other

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