Journey To The Sun


How foolish I have been.
Like a moth that tried to fly
Too close to the candle’s flame, got singed
And returned, wanting to share with others
This life-changing event:
Being united, embracing his Love.
I, too, have been altered
By the Light of another Flame.

Now, wandering on this street corner,
Fumbling to tell my story to anyone who will listen.
Worst than laughter, I am ignored
And left alone, to silently remember;
My brief Journey to the Sun.

Perhaps, I will stand quietly
Reliving that glorious hour
When, for an instant, I touched Infinity.
Yet the pain and distance
Of not going further
Still tears away at my heart,
Not letting me rest.

Alone — left to limp along,
Living in yesterday’s rapture and pain;
Continually calling out to my Beloved:
When will you touch my heart, again?

Photograph by Patricia Youker

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Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, spiritual traveler and poet is a student of Sufi Mysticism and the perennial philosophy. For many years, he participated in 2 Sufi mystical schools. Professionally specializing in the healing applications of therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health treatment; he holds a doctorate in education and served on the faculties of multiple colleges and universities. He is author of numerous articles and 9 books on Sufism and spiritual learning. For more information about the author, visit on Facebook and see numerous articles/poems, with links to books on his webpage:


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