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Poems - Soul Journey - Group 6


  1. Into the Unknown
  2. What We Are
  3. Fall to Fly
  4. My Keeper
  5. Sword of Faith
  6. Heart and Head


Into the Unknown

There are times in our lives when the destination is unknown
But the place we are at, we have most certainly outgrown.
If we stay, we will look back at the chances we have blown
In hindsight only see the times away we have thrown.
Yet to move, no guidance, no direction is clearly shown
Destination out of sight, the path full of rock and stone.
To remain is to await the house filled with skull and bone.
Resources, tools and means, we can obtain on loan;
Life moves on, can’t retrieve bygone times that have flown.

What to do? Where to go? Dare I brave the unknown?
Dare I seek the Holy Grail? Head for the Celestial Throne?
Which way and direction? Awake, asleep, moan and groan;
Any one is just as good, though each has a unique tone.
So I choose to move forth, all alone and on my own,
One step, then the next, till I reap what I’ve sown.

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
January 15, 1999

What We Are

Somebody who had read my books and such
Called me up to contact me and get in touch
He said, "I like your books, liked what I read
Something else I liked much more than what you said
I read your biography, was good to see
Someone else is crazier even than me.
Now I feel I can do my thing without feeling bad
Because I can point at you, say you are mad."
I must admit, though surprised I was glad
Gift of freedom, the effect my life had.
Interesting too it was for me, by far
What we say is not as strong as what we are.

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
September 22 , 1997

Fall to Fly

A bird can only learn to fly
If is willing to climb up high
And fall, though fears in its heart lie
Thus will try, to lightly soar into the sky.

And when we fall from grace
Our past misdeeds retrace
Hardships, are willing to face
Unknown challenges embrace.

This is the only way to chase
Our dragons, clobber with mace
Just like the bird can only fly
Knowing in its fall it may die.

And if the bird wants to deny
The natural law that helps it fly
It may protest and it may cry
But gravity, cannot pass by.

We may decide to stay in place
And create a comforting space
Unless we fall, face disgrace
We stay enslaved to our old ways.

Spirit demands courage to brace
Adversity, with constant pace.
Flight demands the bird to try
To fall, thus gravity defy.

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
October 7, 1998

My Keeper

If my keeper is the one that I can guess
No matter what may happen, or come to pass,
No matter how troublesome, how big a mess,
Amidst falling rocks, can maintain my glass.

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
May 2, 1999

Sword of Faith

What have I done in the past
Without fear or some hope?
Yet everything went so fast
And with all, I could cope.
Why do I not have a blast?
Fear and hope clutch and grope?
When I know nothing will last
Present is a bubble of soap.
Why not then in contrast
Let not hope become my dope,
Future, past, in fire cast
Sword of faith cut fear’s rope?

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
May 18, 1999

Heart and Head

They say when head and heart
Are separated, apart,
Ignorance will make a start
And wisdom will depart.

Cause heart is full of hope
And the head, full of fear
Heart with everything can cope
While the head is sincere.

The battle of heart and head
Is that of love and fear
Love can resurrect the dead
When the head is clear.

When head and heart are near
We will love even fear
Faith speaks in our ear
Wisdom our path steer.

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
May 18, 1999

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