The Naval Story of the Grey Ghost

Here is my first historical video about the early stages of the Pacific Naval War in World War II. It is also a way for me to present some my new favorite songs, which are copyrighted, but Vimeo doesn’t seem to care about that, although YouTube would:

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Poetry Collections by Masood Parvase

Masood Parvaze, a retired Pakistani American Engineer and a proud Texan, writes poetry and fiction in two languages. He has published two poetry collections, ‘Second Shadow on the Wall‘, 2014, and ‘Flowers Thorns and Other Offerings‘, 2016, both of which are available at We welcome his inspirational contribution.



Unthinkable . . . Unfathomable      
. . . 
I often think
What if . . . I was? 
Unsheltered . . . Unprotected
Unappreciated . . . Uneducated
. . . 
Living among
Uncompassionate . . . Unyielding
Unchangeable . . . Uncompromising
 . . . 
Like the . . . Unfortunate 
Among us . . . in 
Unimaginable . . . Unavoidable
Unforgiving . . . Unlivable
Oblivion . . . Called . . .  Life

© 2020 Masood Parvaze

Stain your prayer rug with wine
(Inspired by Persian mystic poet Hafiz 1315-1390)

I know your passion for God
You called him your wine
Your beloved; an eternal light
Like a moth; you desired
To burn yourself in its flame 
. . . But this is my poem
I too would have
Stained it with crimson wine
But then cleansed it
With tears for humanity
If . . . I had a prayer rug

©2020 Masood Parvaze

The Answers to Everything

 — The Answers to Everything —

On What ‘IS’

An Eternal Basis has to be so,
For a lack of anything cannot sow,
Forcing there to be something permanent,
As partless, from which composites can grow.

There can’t be other directions given,
To that which no start; it is undriven;
So, it is as Everything possible,
Either as linear or exists at once.

Consider quantum fields of waves atop
One another: waves are continuous,
And so qualifiy as Fundamental;
Quantized lumps are particles, then more.

The particles, etc., are temporary;
The Basis is coterminal with stuff,
But is not cosubstantial with the things;
Its information content is the same as Null!

Note that there is no other absolute:
Newton’s fixed space and time got Einstein’s boot;
Particle spigots making fields are mute;
Classic fields have no fundamental loot.

There are no ‘if nots’ for happened events;
That would be a fantasy world but meant
For simulations and playing mind games;
No use entertaining real replacements.

On Consciousness

What the meaning to this play we’re befit,
From dirt to dust within the script that’s writ?
The wise in search have thrown themselves to waste;
Experience alone is the benefit.

Physics describes but the extrinsic causes,
While consciousness exists just for itself,
As the intrinsic, compositional,
Informational, whole, and exclusive—

As the distinctions toward survival, 
Though causing nothing except in itself,
As in ne’er doing but only as being,
Leaving intelligence for the doing.

The posterior cortex holds correlates,
For this is the only brain region that
Can’t be removed for one to still retain
Consciousness, it having feedback in it;

Thusly, it forms an irreducible Whole,
And this Whole forms consciousness directly,
A process fundamental in nature,
Or’s the brain’s private symbolic language.

The Whole can also be well spoken of 
To communicate with others, as well as
Globally informing other brain states,
For the nonconscious knows not what’s been made.

Exhaustive Rubaiyat PDF Updates and Videos Beginning

I updated the PDFs in the previous post and added another PDF for the text only edition (with grayscale images). Lots of changes; worth downloading again, plus now is final.


  1. Some quatrains were moved into the next section.
  2. Some material was moved because it was slightly off from where it should have been.
  3. The worded images toward the end have been incorporated into the mainline.
  4. Some of my large gold lettered quatrain have been added.
  5. The graphic story at the end was removed, since it was redundant, although it looked good.
  6. The font type now indicates which words and quatrains are mine. Updated 9/12/2020