Dialogue with Steady

Dialogue with Steady




In a month … maybe two… a year… maybe two

Wounds would calm down

Would ease… and go to sleep… maybe even pass away


My wound is not the same

The size of my wound

Bigger than scope of space

The age of my wound

Older than time


Good-bye years of happiness

Sweet dreams

Genuine smiles

Good-bye my life

Good-bye my love



I see you… far… far away… out of my reach…

I gasp for you

On the brink of insanity I linger

Broken… lonely… remnants of a woman I sit and wait



I see you far… far away… out of my reach…

I see you with my heart

With my soul

With my love

I see your hands

Your smile… your laughter

Your words… your voice

Your gaze… your brow



I see you far… far away… out of my reach…

Aimless… breathless… on the path of insomnia that I never took before

I race

Every step without you is blind darkness

Every move… a wobbly venture

Every blink… an aborted dream

Every heartbeat… a paradise lost

Every breath I take is a craving new wound



The night of longing has spread its wings out

Over a yearning wounded woman

Aching to see

An end

To all this pain




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Now I whisper


Now I whisper


You are my joy and my sorrow

You used to whisper


When you smile and when you laugh

You make me the happiest man on earth

You used to whisper


When you’re hurt or when you cry

My heart is filled with grief and gloom

You used to whisper


Detached, my feelings are lifeless

A broken mirror… a scrambled shadow

You used to whisper


My feelings are nothing but a faint echo

You are my joy and my sorrow

You used to whisper




Your love taught me anguish and delight

Now I whisper


You are my joy and my sorrow

Now I whisper





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Since my eyes met with yours

I knew…

I knew it was you

The one my heart was yearning for

“Love at first sight”

They say


When you proposed

Hesitation struck

I thought… I’m still too young

I thought… I don’t know you well enough

I thought… we’ve only met a few times

I thought… I need time to think

I thought… are you as nice as you look

I thought… can you make a good husband

I thought… will you be a responsible father

 I also thought…  I like you too much already

Without knowing much about you

 I thought…how stupid of me


Later, when you told me

 That you have heart problems

I couldn’t say “no” any more

YES, was my immediate answer

 I thought…If I say “no” now

That might mean I am refusing you

For something beyond your control

I thought… illness and health

Have nothing to do with life and death

I thought…grow up girl

And live up to your principles


My parents were horrified

How could I say “yes”

 When I knew the problem

Stubborn, as you know

I insisted


After engagement

I began to realise

You are no ordinary man

Your inner beauty began to unfold

I knew I had stumbled upon

A treasure like no other

My love didn’t stop growing

Ever since





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Longing to touch your face

Tell you how beautiful

Just like your soul


Longing to hold your hand

Tell you how warm

Just like your heart


Longing to stroke your hair

Tell you how soft

Just like your manners


Longing to gaze into your eyes

Tell you how gorgeous

Just like your charisma


Longing to hear your voice

Tell you how tender

Just like your personality


Longing to caress your brow

Tell you how pure

Just like your essence


Longing to lay by your side

Tell you how safe

Just like your company


Longing to nibble from your fingers

Tell you how delicious

Just like your persona


Longing to hear your keys in the door

Tell you how comforting

Just like your presence



Longing to receive your emails

Tell you how uplifting

Just like your spirit


Longing to see your number on my mobile

Tell you how exciting

Just like your friendship


Longing to chat with you on msn

Tell you how moving

Just like your love


Longing to rest in your arms

And sleeeeep

Sleep for ever


Longing to lay my head

Over your shoulders

Bury my face

In your chest

And weep


As I’ve never done before


I need to weep

And fill the oceans with my tears


I need to weep

Until the world weeps with me


I need to weep

Until The Most Compassionate

Feels sorry for me

And reunites me with you


For I am longing

To be with you




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Like two small children


Like two small children

Do you remember that magical afternoon?

When the sun smiled at us

And like two fascinated children

We smiled back


Then, like two playful children

We ran together

Chasing a butterfly

On the hills of Windermere


Like two happy children

We wandered together

As we enjoyed our fruity ice-cream

Along the lake’s shoreline


Like two innocent children

We played together

Arranging cups and saucers for our picnic

In our secret garden


Like two mischievous children

We giggled together

As we collected the scattered petals of roses

That the newly-wed couple threw away


And like two joyful children

We laid ourselves down on the grass

Embracing heaven…

And earth

As we rolled over


Do you remember?




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Let there be love


Let there be love



I am in pain


Too much pain

I don’t deny


Yet wings of joy are spread wide

Carrying me through

Lifting me high


Joy of knowing you

So closely


Joy of being part of your life

If only for a while


Joy of sharing memories

That no one knows but you and me


And if I was to choose another life

I’d choose my life with you again

And again

And again

And again


If you make a home for “love” within your heart

Despite the pain your life becomes a home for joy


Let there be love

There’ll always be joy




 © Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

In the nest of Ness


In the nest of Ness



Overlooking the rockery garden

In your loving arms

I fell asleep


Your lap

Most tender pillow

And warm abode


For how long did you hold me sitting so still?

I never even asked


Sky was drizzling love


Clouds gleaming with delight


And for a while


Peace descended


Angels snoozed


Heaven smiled



My reality…




Than the most astounding dreams





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Khaled; my legend


Khaled; my legend


I plait my poem,

 Letters of heavenly fragrance

Arranging its words

 A bouquet of scented flowers

I sang its melody

Whispers of soft musk and pink amber

Pouring it down upon your heart

A cascade of lights

Tranquility and peace


I gather the pages

Of autumn leaves  

From the land of wonderful dreams

Adorned with exquisite paintings

Rainbow colours and Eastern nights


With a mystical thread of stars

I embroider my legendary love story

A book, like no other

A masterpiece of passion

A saint’s adoration of paradise


Weaving Joseph’s coat of multicolour

Of summer’s warmth

The glory of spring

And the longing in lovers’ hearts

Throw it over your shoulders


Then, with a child’s magical wand

Turn you into a sparkle of light

 Hide you in my heart

Cherishing and protecting you

To blossom with eternal life

That matches your name

My beloved husband



Khaled is an Arabic name which means eternal life, it’s also my husband’s name


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Land of sorrow

Land of sorrow


Do you remember

When I wrote my legend

With my magical wand

I turned you into a sparkle of light

Then hid you in my heart


That sparkle has then exploded

A novel big bang

A universe of love came into being

With a thousand thousand stars

Dazzling… Splendid… Sublime

If I was to divide that love

Between all creation

It would suffice and sustain


Do you remember Joseph’s coat of multicolour

I once embroidered for you

Threw over your shoulders


That coat has then expanded

Embracing me along with you

Can you feel me by your side?

That coat has been growing ever since

Holding mankind under its wings

Magical… What a sight!

In my land of sorrow

Love grows divine and tender

Passion blooms pink and amber

Beauty enchants, please remember



© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 





I was there with you

When love fell in love


I was there with you

When joy rejoiced


I was there with you

When freedom was set free


And I was there with you

When the sea drowned


I was there with you

When the sun was burnt


I was there with you

When death passed away


I was there with you

When all began


And I was there with you

When all ended

Do you remember?



© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

I would if I could 1


I would if I could




I would if I could, take your place


Lie down in a hospital bed


And surrender


Let the surgeon’s knife


 Cut me open


For it is much easier for me


To experience the pain


To live the pain


Than watch you hurt


Even with a pin prick



I would if I could, take your ache away


Hide you


Protect you


Keep you out of harm’s way




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I would if I could 2


I would if I could


I would if I could

Wait for you

Until you’re ready

To be my companion

In my final journey


I would if I could

Fight death fiercely

Until he can see

That we are one soul

 living in two different bodies


 I would if I could

Buy a thousand lives

Add them to mine

Just to make sure

You’re never left alone


 I would if I could

Stay by your side

Holding you near my heart

With my arms around you

Until we eternally combine


I would if I could

Keep my promise

To live with you

And to die with you



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I said… you


I said… you


They said… a sun

Within its radiation

 The secret of existence

I said… you


They said… a full moon

Within its light

The enchantment of eternity

I said… you


They said… a melody

A heavenly tune most entrancing

A song… pure… divine

I said… you


They said… a flower

A bouquet of roses

A garden sweet delightful

I said… you


They said… a work of art

Superb, fascinating

Adored by artists

I said… you


They said… a heart

Most loving, most tender

Beating with compassion

I said… you


They said… a prayer

Whispered at dawn

By a young girl

Longing for perfection

I said… you

Sweet heart

You… my answered prayer




© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Heavenly qualities


Heavenly qualities


In the winter mornings

When the sun is late coming out

The winds are blowing

The grounds are frozen

I am still tucked in


You sneak out of bed

Ever so quietly… ever so gently

Trying hard not to disturb my sleep


Then when you start getting dressed

You don’t even put the lights on

Ever so quietly… ever so gently

Trying hard to give an extra hour sleep


But sometimes… despite all your efforts

I still wake up

And from the bottom of my heart

From the depths of my soul

I start my day… praying… for you


Your boundless love … endless compassion

Heavenly qualities

Never cease to amaze me




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Feelings and words


Feelings and words


Trying to squeeze

Feelings into words

Is no act of justice at all

It distorts… it disfigures

It belittles… it demeans

It’s a great offence without a doubt

And to my shame and disgrace

 Indeed I am to blame

Truly “Guilty” I declare

Defend me not

I don’t deserve


For feelings can only be felt


So, when I write about my love

Don’t ever think

That I’m making sense

 No language can ever convey

The eternal

For expression falls short

By far


And feelings can only be felt


When I write about my sorrow

Don’t dare believe

My words or verses

My speech is nothing

But hollow hues

How can the infinite

Ever be defined


Feelings can only be felt

And truly “Guilty” I declare




© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Dreams and realities


Dreams and realities



“There is only a fine line that divides

Dreams and reality”

They say


In my world

There is no line


My dreams and my reality

Are one and the same



Blending in


As colours unite

New hues are born


From blue and yellow

Gentle green emerges


As red embraces blue

Vivid violet comes to life


My universe is a rainbow

Of many… many colours


No lines

No divisions


My dreams and my reality merge

As if smudged

By an artist brush


I… like a feather

Drift in between





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A rainbow in grey skies


A rainbow in grey skies


My anguish

A bottomless well

Echoing the murmur of my pain


My grief

Dry autumn leaves

Dancing over my wounds


My sorrow

Dark thick clouds

Haunting my hollow heart


My world

A meaningless word

Grey… grey… grey multihued

Devoid of my sweetheart’s laughter


My being

A limping lump of flesh and bones

Wobbly… confused… forever waiting

With a lopsided smile


My love

A buoyant rainbow

Cascade of lights

Alluring fantasy

Untouchable mirage



© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

My hajj experience


My hajj experience:

Humbled by the sheer number of people, their dedication, sincerity, and longing, enriched by the rainbow of eager fervent faces celebrating the entire humanity, empowered by an invisible bond of spiritual brotherhood, love, and togetherness; all in a state of total devotion, adoration and gratitude to The One Most Loving Creator.

Stunned, I froze.

 Everything else froze with me.

I wanted to capture every face, happy or sad, to save every smile and frown. I wanted to hold every heart with all its joys and sorrows to wrap it up warm and bury it deep in mine. I wanted to whisper to every soul therein of waves of love, prayers, and gratitude that overwhelmed me.

Feelings! What can I say about feelings in such a place? Fondness with absolute submission, elation with total humility, euphoria with utter serenity, weakness with boundless vigour, despair with endless hope, yearning with eternal contentment;  permanently travelling constantly arriving, all pilgrims floating in their own orbits in a peaceful august harmony, chanting their prayers, whispers of unspoken words, songs of silent sighs, transforming the ambience into one of stillness and tranquillity, revealing numinous music with majestic melodies, magnetic tunes, and enormous magnitude that charged the atmosphere, hypnotizing you into a gentle unfathomable daze.

The bond gets stronger and stronger as you start blending into the background of a magnificent masterpiece, diminishing into nothingness, as you experience being one with the whole that there is. You are an atom spinning passionately with the totality of the universe. The macro, the micro and all in between are in a state of oneness that I’ve never sensed with this depth, scale or intensity. Mind dazzling, heart capturing and awe inspiring experience.

Engulfed in mystical mist of love, compassion and mercy that I’ve never felt before, and like all who’re around me I could find nothing but tears streaming down to tell of my joy.

Time lapsed, motion collapsed, and all anguish relapsed as I drank ecstasy and tasted infinity.


I thought I could sing before

Why can’t I hear my voice today?

I thought I could paint and write poems

I thought I was articulate

I could bend, shape and wave words

Like a dough, with ease

To speak of I want and plait my story

Where are my words now?

Why can’t I find them?

To tell of how I felt and what I saw


I thought I could write before

How wrong I was

My words are diminishing


Melting like a July snowman

A flock of dears – foreseeing an earthquake- running away

Dry autumn leaves dropping

Scattered in a stormy day

How can I construct my sentences when my dictionary is blank?

How can I?

Ashamed of their flaws

Fearful of their impotence

All escaped

And words are no more

For how can they describe the indescribable?

As the universe stops revolving

And falls into stillness

Faints into nothingness

Fades into silence

In the presence of

The Sublime

17 January 2007


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