Monthly Archives: March 2012

Richard In Africa 2012 – Neema; Grace

Five African women cram in the back of our land cruiser. They begin to sing; such a haunting tune embellished by trills and ululations: Waliyo pewa neema Walikataa neema The refrain translates as: You who have received grace have neglected grace. When my friend and interpreter Mama Virginie from the Congolese NGO Heal Africa interprets […]

Poetry As A Spiritual Practice – Aching For The Roof

I am a hole in a flute that the Christ’s breath moves through listen to this music Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (1320-1389) from Love Poems from God, trans. Daniel Ladinsky, Penguin 2002 The Sufi poet Hafiz, in his poem above  reminds me I am more than just a physical creature; the breath of the divine moves […]