Poem | Martin Bidney

Bidney translates in several languages. He’s the foremost scholar of Sufi Masters, recently translating in German from Arabic to English. Every year is an illumination and Bidney tells us to be awake in the world every moment, because it’s all we have. Poetry is a daily practice of illumination for Bidney. He changes the negative patterns of the world to a song he can believe in. Every day, he writes several new poems.   Grace Cavalieri

 

7991 34 Wake morning: feel the world of day arise in you  

Wake morning: feel the world of day arise in you.

Let this a happy new year for your siblings be.

Lend morning sun a gentle hint what he must do.

Example set: Becoming shape with melody.

For you and world are but a hidden One in two.

 

With dawning of our hope be spry. In splurge, in spree

Wake morning: feel the world of day arise in you.

“Let there be light” means “Let the mind be urged to see.”

Though janual, a June-like bird hear tunes bestrew.

He’s calling for the loved one. Thus he calls to me.

 

Be patient as the earth-world waiting for the dew.

Dark light-filled eyes behold transformed our eden tree.

Wake morning: feel the world of day arise in you.

The bird continues. White and green in snow-lawn glee!

From warming of the air a vernal spirit flew.

 

What’s learned of old one needn’t yield, though youthful we

The tools our hand can wield would glad apply anew.

The seasons flow. Let stir and verve our reason free.

Wake morning: feel the world of day arise in you.

Breathe deep. Be gathered. Grant the Aum of amity.

 

Song-molten is my thought that into hymn broke through.

The snow that’s blent with dew besprent melts merrily.

Pay homage to the earth. To her is honor due.

Your nature let with greater Nature wise agree.

Wake morning: feel the world of day arise in you.

 

Martin Bidney, Professor Emeritus at SUNY-Binghamton, is a musician in verse, where he violins and vocalizes by other means.  Founder of Dialogic Poetry Press, he has published, since retirement, 15 books of original and translated poetry - most recently Six Dialogic Poetry Chapbooks: Taxi Drivers, Magritte Paintings, Gallic Ballads, Russian Loves, Kafka Reactions, Inferno Update.  A  time traveler, in Shakespair he offers 154 of his own Shakespearean sonnets on facing pages in reply to those of his high school poet-friend at Stratford.