Like a Broken Bowl

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~ Like a Broken Bowl ~

Your subtlety shattered me
in billions of pieces
like a broken bowl
with fragments scattered
upon the floor
for all to behold.
I knelt and kissed the ground,
my heart wide open
to the disclosure of
the hidden throne
that carries every soul;
anyone who sees its majesty
always ends up with sealed lips!
I never should have started this~

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Be An Open Sky

@ 2014 Grace Eob

@ 2014 Grace Eob

Love itself requires
wide open-mindedness,
in order to fully experience it
you must have inner latitude;
only then will Love
dance through you.
You long to be loved,
then be an open Sky!

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Between Worlds of Beauty

~ Between Worlds of Beauty ~

Between worlds of beauty
we meet, transformed
by the kiss of sublimity.

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Eid Mubarak

More and more Light around each one of you! Eid mubarak~

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In Praise of The Beloved…

Touré at work on "The Milky Way's Savants"

Touré at work on “The Milky Way’s Savants”

“The act of painting has been unexpected for me. Just like the composition of my poetry, it suddenly happened after a period of retreat… Having had no conventional training, it is through the luminous corridor of Islamic tradition and my Malian~Gabonese cultures that my pens and paint brushes wander in praise of The Beloved.”
~Aïda Touré (excerpt of “statement”)

(More about the painting “The Milky Way’s Savants” here.)

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Supreme Sustenance

sustenance2Prayer is conducive to our primordial state of being and when awakened to it, life becomes ecstatic and what a blessing when this occurs! Some of us have a highly meditative disposition which draws one to find fulfillment through focus on inner life primarily.  The external world is perceived more as a distraction for such beings who are inclined to stillness and silence.

Beyond all material needs, beyond social standards of “success” the only authentic wealth is in the soul~ Therefore in order to experience it, we must tune in to the Source of the soul which is Al Nur, the Light and once awakened anew to that Reality, our Jihad is to preserve it in us and express it in a world that has such oppressive demands. This spiritual preservation of one’s inner light is what meditation and fasting facilitate as they gently activate our awareness to supreme sustenance.

The Jihad/struggle to cultivate a surrendered soul, rich with Love is the foundation for complete fulfillment in life and beyond for without it whatever we acquire in this world is meaningless, cumbersome because we are ever returning to the Unseen~ If the soul is fine and fully aligned with the Beloved’s Divine Principles, it is the ultimate form of security and inshAllah whatever such a soul needs to fulfill its purpose will be provided for…

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Seventh Dimension Love

Wearable painting by Aida Toure

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~ Seventh Dimension Love ~

Love is the union of divine qualities,
the hidden suddenly revealed
tending to ineffable beauty;
the lotus that leaps out of
the lover’s soul as an offering
to the collective soul…

© 2011-2014 Aïda  Touré

This all handmade, hand-painted cuff bracelet is available for purchase here.

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pink velvet backing

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