Epicycles

O My Country!, A Maghreb folktale, Retold by Anne Twitty

O My Country!, A Maghreb folktale, Retold by Anne Twitty

Anne TwittyApr 29, 20183 min read

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art. King Salomon knew the language of all living creatures, and all obeyed him, especially the birds. One day this great king, a master of wisdom, was sitting on his throne.…

The Awakened Eye, by Frederick Franck

The Awakened Eye, by Frederick Franck

Frederick FranckApr 2, 20183 min read

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926): An Orchard in Spring, 1886 I was five years old. My mother and a friend I was expected to address as “Aunt” had taken us children to a modest little tea garden…

Hagoromo, Retold by Kenneth Lawrence, translated by Kai Lawrence. Art by Kumiko Lawrence

Hagoromo, Retold by Kenneth Lawrence, translated by Kai Lawrence. Art by Kumiko Lawrence

Kenneth E. LawrenceJan 31, 20185 min read

Illustration by Kumiko Lawrence Attributed to Zeami Motokiyo | Japanese Noh Retold by Kenneth E. Lawrence Translated by Edward Kai Lawrence Art by Kumiko Lawrence A fisherman, a celestial maiden: a fateful decision Hagoromo is a…

The Way of the Householder, Retold by Rama Devagupta

The Way of the Householder, Retold by Rama Devagupta

Rama DevaguptaNov 1, 201710 min read

Photograph by Hans Eiskonen Anonymous Hindu Long, long ago in a holy forest, there lived a young ascetic named Kaushika. Because he had renounced the worldly life, he spent his time studying the Vedas and Upanishads,…

The Unasked Question, Retold by Paul Jordan-Smith

The Unasked Question, Retold by Paul Jordan-Smith

Parabola EditorsJun 9, 20175 min read

From The Boy’s King Arthur, 1922. N.C. Wyeth Anonymous | Medieval European “AND WOE TO HIM who failed to ask the question burning in his heart. For had he but asked, the king would have been…

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Ave Maria, by Jenny Koralek

Jenny KoralekJan 29, 201612 min read

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam As the following passage begins, Jesus of Nazareth, here called Yeshua, is suffering on the…

The Unasked Question, Retold by Paul Jordan-Smith

The Unasked Question, Retold by Paul Jordan-Smith

Parabola EditorsJun 9, 20175 min read

From The Boy’s King Arthur, 1922. N.C. Wyeth Anonymous | Medieval European “AND WOE TO HIM who failed to ask the question burning in his heart.…

Ring of Wisdom, a Sufi Parable, Retold by Anne Twitty

Ring of Wisdom, a Sufi Parable, Retold by Anne Twitty

Anne TwittyMay 19, 20182 min read

Babur Receives a Courtier by Farrukh Beg c. 1580-85. There was a king whose kingdom stretched from east to west, from the sea below to the…

The First Tears, an Eskimo folktale, Retold by Anne Twitty

The First Tears, an Eskimo folktale, Retold by Anne Twitty

Anne TwittyMay 10, 20182 min read

Photo by Steve Halama One day First Man went out seal hunting along the seashore. He saw many seals. He chose a seal, and carefully crept…