Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spirit Questions--By Dwight Roth--United States

Spirit Questions (a Rubáiyát)

Where dwells the spirit before life begins         
Waiting to entwine with genes at man’s whims
Does it float in space riding red stardust
Or in ocean waves where the raindrops swim
Where dwells the spirit when I took my first
Breath of life // drawing heart and lungs merged thirst
Spirit seems at home in this flesh and bone
Fragile body // heart pumping till it bursts

Where does my spirit dwell when life is done   
As eyes close in death and the race is run
Breath leaves the body and the spirit’s rises
Rejoining spirit with Spirit // lives on

The Rubáiyát is a Persian form of several quatrains. Its name derives from the Arabic plural of the word for "quatrain," Rubá'íyah. This, in turn, comes from the Arabic Rubá, meaning "four."

Dwight Roth is a retired elementary school teacher who enjoys writing poetry and posting photography on his WordPress blog:  He has self-published several books and has books published on AmazonKindle. Dwight lives with his wife Ruth near Charlotte, North Carolina.


  1. very thought provoking stuff indeed

  2. About a year ago I began participating in the d'Verse~Poetry Pub. It is a fine group of poets who continue to stimulate one another to try new things. This Rubáiyát came as a result of one of those prompts. Come join us at d'Verse. For more information on the Rubaiyat, visit the blog site below.

  3. Thanks, Dwight, for sharing your poem and The Rubáiyát with us. Always nice to learn something new.

    Best wishes,

  4. Dwight, I enjoyed your poem. Thank you for sharing it. I also visited your website and absolutely love the photos and poetry you have there. The photos are very beautiful. Continued blessings to you!


  5. Thank you Maurice for stopping by and for your kind comments. On my website, photos are a daily occurrence along with poetry. I will check out your site as well.

  6. Dwight,
    Great poem. I enjoyed learning about the Rubyiat also!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  7. Dear Dwight,
    I never heard knew of the word Rubáiyát before, but this
    writing fits wit a lot of truth I know
    Knight Writer