“… Now that the dawn has come so gently … my quiet soul … warms its wings in the morning light…”  ~ Pir Elias Amidon

dawn gentle amidon

This poem is from Munajat, a book of forty prayers, by Pir Elias Amidon, originally inspired by the Munajat — whispered prayers, or intimate conversations with God — of the 12th Century Persian Sufi, Abdullah Ansari. The poem is titled The Dragonfly in Munajat.

In the introduction notes, Elias says:  “… On the one hand praying in this manner is love-talk evoking the nearness of divine reality, and on the other hand it can’t help but go mute as it points to the unspeakable majesty of the Real. It’s a form of prayer that endears at the same time that it is in awe …”

For more information on Munajat, please visit our post: Pir Elias Amidon: Munajat – Forty Prayers: In The Cathedral. 

Now that the dawn has come so gently
to the grasses at the water’s edge,
my quiet soul, like the dragonfly there,
warms its wings in the morning light,
and waits to rise in your boundless air.

grass gentle dawn amidon

Lift me, beloved, show me how
to soar and dart and hover still,
or land on the grass’s bowing stem,
or disappear out of sight
into your continents of light.

You are …
wonderful to have made me
with these transparent wings,
wonderful to have made this sky
for me to rise up through, and
wonderful to pretend that you and I are two.

pretend to be two amison

~ Pir Elias Amidon

To see/read all of Elias’ post, click here.

Again, for more information on Munajat, please visit our post: Pir Elias Amidon: Munajat – Forty Prayers: In The Cathedral. 

Visit Elias Amidon’s Teacher’s Page for a comprehensive overview of his background, and work.

Images: (all edited and logo added) 1 and Featured) Scarlet, red, orange, yellow stripes on the horizon of the dawn sky covered with clouds in the mountains by Vitalii_Mamchuk, 2) Mountain river by pellinni, 3) Portrait of a beautiful girl by Kruchenkova.
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