Monday, December 30, 2013

Questions and Wishes

Will Melek (Princess Angelica) catch the Owl who stole her crown?

Will Nûr (Francesca, the Princess' Maid) fall out of the Book of Poetry to a more sober state of consciousness?

Will Lâl (the Frogmouth Owl, a.k.a. Shaykh Frögüddan) come to an understanding of what Love is, and at the same time escape his dreadful destiny?

To find out these and more, the Sufi Magic Theatre invites you to its new production:

*Seeking the Shemurgh*
or *The Conference of the Frogs - Part II*

which will be out here on Monday, January the 6th, 2014 (Insha Allah)!

In the meantime: HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

See You on Monday!

See You on Monday for an End-of-the-Year Special Post!

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year, New Names!

Will you add your Colours to the Froggies?

Thursday, December 26, 2013


Because if when I catch that owl I do not roast him alive, then for sure I am an Angel!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Ya Nûr! No crown, no princess!!
From now on, call me Melek...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


O Princess!
Yes, it is me, and yet, it is not.
From now on, call me Nûr, as I am flooded with God's light...

Monday, December 23, 2013


Tsk tsk. I know these lines.
Francesca! Is it you recycling old poems?!?
Please, come in! Please!?! Let's have a drink...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Don't worry, we are not leaving you like this: there is one more strip before the end of this year. Please, as usual, come back on Monday!

Friday, December 20, 2013

To the Spirit of the Lake

Will you add your Colours to the Froggies?

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Be the sun that makes me glow
when it is Asr time, and never
never less, and seldom more.
Keep my heart in yours, forever.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Be my sun, I'll be your water
not the earth to grow your seed
nor the air to increase your power
only glitter at your feet.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


I am the friend of your good days
so don't burden over me
but keep me enslaved. I will fly away
if you ever set me free.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Be my king as I am your falcon
be the arm on which I rest
and keep the jess around my claw
because I will never build a nest.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hee Hee Hee...
Something about Humor

All educated people we are visually impaired to a higher or lower degree because education relies on words more than on observation, to the point that we are taught acronyms to help us remember things that could better be remembered through observation. A well known example is ROY G. BIV to remember the sequence of the colors of the rainbow. We memorize the sequence while we lose the ability to visualize the rainbow.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Who Is a King?

Add your colours to the Froggies!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Sadly, it seems so.
Be our king! Be our king!! Be our king!!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Is it the crown that makes the king?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


And now all frogs are praising him! Can't you hear the croaky singing? That is a poem for the Frogs' King...

Monday, December 9, 2013


Can you believe it?!? The Frogmouth Owl (Batrachostomus) stole my crown!?!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Stolen Crown!

Add your Colours to the Froggies!

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Ya Princess... Sufis work faster than you think they do!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


The moment is infinite!
Time is elastic!!
Shaykh is always right!!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


You Frogmouth Owl preaching! How ugly is this translation!! Al-Waqt (الوقت‎) is "The Time" NOT "The Moment"!!! Too short is a moment to do any good...

Monday, December 2, 2013


Rumi says: "The Sufi is the child of the moment, o kind friend" (Sufi ibn al-Waqt bashad, ay rafiq).

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thoughts under the Stars

I think... Should we buy a Sailing boat?
Yes, may be... Sailing boats are Greener...

Wind is cheaper!
And funnier!!
Hu Hu Ha!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Microtones and Microcones

This is the sixth (and last) of a series of six drawings I made between 2005 and 2006, inspired by the group Sufis Without Borders.
Ink on tracing paper, 30x30 cm/12"x12".

Friday, November 29, 2013

Celebration Dance

The elephant in image b comes from the Padshah-nama (c. 1640-5) while the background of the same image is in folio 378a of the BL Babur-nama;

Image c is also kept at the British Library (BL) and represents *Sufis in Ecstasy*;

Image d contains a spade of the kind worn by Emperor Aurangzeb and intricacies from a jali (perforated wall) in the Jami Masjid at Ahmedabad, India.

Should you thirst for more images from Mughal India, along with an excellent text and at a very reasonable price, turn to Valerie Berinstain: THIS is the book for you (the original is in French).

Add your colours to the Froggies!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

The Frogs Without Borders wish you a Happy Thanksgiving full of Gratitude and Remembrance of God.


Your love teaches the warrior
how to handle her spade
your love keeps her drunk
at your gate!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Oh! You who opened her eye
to the beauty of the sea
you who lent her the key
of Paradise...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Who gave fruits and fish
to this lonely darvish
to this heart
that was wandering wild...

Monday, November 25, 2013


Oh! Let me sing
a song for the King
for the Owner
of the Tavern of Ruin...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Tap on the Heart

This is the fifth of a series of six drawings I made between 2005 and 2006, inspired by the group Sufis Without Borders.
Ink on tracing paper, 30x30 cm/12"x12".

Friday, November 22, 2013

Flowers of Love

The frog and the bird (images a and b) come from the Babur-nama kept at the British Library.

Image c represents Jahangir contemplating the portrait of his father Akbar. The original, painted c. 1614 by Nadir az-Zaman, is in Paris, Musée Guimet. A very good article about *The Imperial Image* by B.N.Goswamy can be read here.

Image d comes from a hanging of cotton and silk, c. 1650-1700, kept at V&A Museum, London, U.K.

Enjoy Colouring the Froggies!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Consciousness and the many poems that spring out of me!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Consciousness is what I get out of love. Consciousness...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


But... What do you get out of Desert's Love?!?

Monday, November 18, 2013


Love is made of luscious gardens as well as of barren deserts...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friggitoria Giorgia (Fish and Chips Georgia)

This is the fourth of a series of six drawings I made between 2005 and 2006, inspired by the group Sufis Without Borders.
Ink on tracing paper, 30x30 cm/12"x12".

Friday, November 15, 2013

Frogs Are Frogs

These images are inspired by four Indian miniatures of the Mughal Era (1656-1857).

The first image (upper left) represents Prince Selim, the future Emperor Jahangir, on his throne.
Painted by Mansur and Manohar, 1605 ca., it is kept at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The second, third and fourth images are inspired by miniatures of the Vaqi'at-i Baburi (Babur-nama), translated into Persian and illustrated around 1590 under the reign of Akbar. They are kept at the British Library.

Enjoy Colouring the Froggies!

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Frogs are frogs... They can't learn love if they don't jump beyond!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


So why did she quit her to go with him? And why did she quit him and joined the howling zebras?!?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


And before him, the Shaykha, she loved her so...

Monday, November 11, 2013


She loved the Shaykh of a new kind of love...

Sunday, November 10, 2013