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Spoken for

a book of poems

Brian Darnell

Paperback 207 pages
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Brian Darnell, one of the Baba world's favorite poets, does it again with Spoken for, a collection of more than 200 inspirational and thought-provoking poems about love, spirituality, and the Divine Beloved.

To love

To love God in the most practical way,
Meher Baba said, is to love our fellow beings.

I nod always, mumble under my breath –
yes, because everyone is You.

But, one day, You whispered in return –
because, lover, …to love…is to love God.

The sculptor grinds the chisel to a perfect bevel.
The sawyer sharpens the blade's teeth.

The cutting torch, the welder adjusts
to the precise admixture

of acetylene and oxygen.
Now the flame can cut steel.

It is the purity of love that shapes and sharpens
the chisel, the blade, the flame,

allowing for the cutting through,
the pairing down, the severing,

O child of God, to love is to teach
the heart how. To love is to love God.

Published 2014

Brian also recently published his first novel, Aubrey's Vigil.