Evening Prayer


Let me shine let me shine

With your light let me shine

Cast the darkness all away

 

 

Let me glow let me glow

With your love let me glow

So may hatred drift away

 

 

Let me gleam let me gleam

With your grace let me gleam

So may malice fall away

 

 

Let me bloom let me bloom

With your splendor let me bloom

So may evil burn away

 

Let me dream let me dream

With your wonders let me dream

So may pain fade away

 

 

Let me smile let me smile

With your glory let me smile

So may grief go astray

 

 

Let me sway let me sway

With your Beauty let me sway

Watch all fear ebb away

 

Join In


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Can you see their souls dancing
 
Can you hear their supplication
 
Can you feel their hearts melting
 
As they praise the One Sublime
 
Can you hear your heart humming
 
Can you see your soul swaying
 
Can you feel your stunned adoration
 
Would you now pray with them

 

It was a perfect sunny day, blue sky, absolutely still, on top of the Great Orme in LLandudno, I remember watching a flock of birds flying and swaying in the distance, I was captivated by this mystical, beautiful most harmonious dance.

Their melodic prayer struck deep my soul. In baffled ecstasy I began praying with them, I hear you song, I hear your prayer, your God and mine is One, I said

Their mesmerising dance persisted along with mine for a long while, flying high and low, stretching miles away then drawing back near, with my heart swaying in elation and supplication

Then suddenly, and as I was still praying with them and telling them how grateful I am for this joyful prayer, they started landing and before I knew it they encircled me all around

 Stunned I wept of joy   ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Not Made to Order


Poetry is not a structure

Not a mind proposal or brain design

Has no angles no corners no lines

No building blocks or cement to hold

Cannot be forged or made to order

Neither produced on a magic board

Nor constructed by thinking more

 

 

Organically flows from a different realm

Chasing footsteps of fairies unseen

With butterflies it floats serene

Grips, throbs, sways and blows

Leaving a tail of stardust behind

 

 

Sometimes like a river

Quietly runs within your veins

As it matures a barrage burst out

Madly gushes through your soul

Lightening, thunder and a waterfall

 

 

Sometimes like a tree

A seed so small no one can see

Slowly digs roots deep down below

Calmly rises above the ground

As time goes by soaring it stands

 

 

Sometimes like a flower

Wild ethereal subtle refined

Not of this world but Heavens above

An angel’s whisper graceful sublime

Tickles your heart with balsam divine

 

Of Life and Death


Materialists say:

Death is the End

Of all there is

Consciousness annihilated

Dreams, tears, struggles,

Kindness, morality, aspirations

Deleted… permanently

As if never existed

 

Thoughts, emotions, ideas, artistry

Love, laughter, memories, joys

Wiped out

Entirely… Eternally

Without a trace

 

Only matter exists

When a body dies it disintegrates

A lump of flesh

A pile of decaying compounds

The saint and the foe in the same hole

No feelings, no conscience, no loss no gain

No awareness, no future, no joy, no pain

 

 

People of faith say:

Death is nothing but a new beginning

A birth into a world supreme

Expansion of consciousness

Beyond time and space

Explosion of feelings, creativity and perception

Far beyond material experience or worldly restriction

 

 

A transformation from density of matter

To sublimity of the soul

An awakening to the majestic Truth

From the confinement of illusion

 

 

As if a mystic dance of subatomic particles

Constantly traveling, forever arriving

Perpetually swaying

Entangled in a mysterious web of duality

Yearning to the oneness of the Divine

 

 

A breathtaking journey, matter to wave, darkness to light

Life and death are intertwined

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A galactic twirl spiraling up in a glorious cosmic tale

Now, you !

 What do you say?

 

Silence, Your Guru within


 

Silence with friends is the gift you give

Allows them to breath in your thoughts

Exhale their logic and love unbound

 

 

Silence for the mind is the space between the letters

and the gap between the lines

Can you ever understand a word without it?

 

 

Silence for the soul is its song serene sublime

Noise blooms a melody, howls become a tune divine

Can you ever enjoy a moment without?

 

 

Hum for Healing


 
Did you touch the sky, one day
 
With finger-tips of love and joy ?
 
 
Did you feel the wind, one day
 
Dancing with your heart … hoy… hoy
 
Did you hear your doll, one day
 
Praying along with every toy ?
 
 
Did you smell the grass, one day
 
Breathing hope in and out comes pain ?
 
 
Did you slide the rainbow, one day
 
Riding wings of angels… painting drops of rain ?
 
 
Did you ask your self, one day
 
Am I really mad
 
Or simply…just sane !

Broken Hearts


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Love Unbound


 

So, the other day my four years old grandson has a class in which parents / grandparents were invited to attend.

The theme of the lesson was about love, so the teacher read a story about love then asked the children to come one by one stand up and tell the class whom they love most and whom they would like to pray and say thank you for.

Some of the kids said mum some said dad, others said mum and dad when it was my grandson’s turn he stood up and said my whole family ♥️

Later that afternoon he told me “in fact I love every one on this planet earth” 

Just like my grandson, I do love everyone on this planet but I exclude the evil ones whom he is still unaware of

 

Morning Prayer


Dear Most Beloved Most Kind

Fill my heart with love

So it may embrace Your entire creation

Fill my world with flowers

So it may bloom in Your adoration

Fill my life with colour

So it may sing Your Sublime Beauty

Fill my eyes with tenderness

So it may be dazzled by Your Brilliance

Fill my day with laughter

So it may resonate in the vastness of Your cosmos

Fill my arms with loved ones

So it may rejoice in Your Compassion

Fill my home with friends

So it may celebrate Your boundless bequest

Fill my hands with kindness

So it may bounce off your Generosity

 

 

Fill my mind with wisdom

So it may spin in Your Magnificence

Fill my being with gratitude

So it may dwell in Your peace, serene

Fill my soul with poetry

So it may dance to Your Splendour

Ameen

 

My Soul Bows Down


 

Like droplets of dew flowing on a jasmine tree

 

Like humming of canaries as dawn breaks free

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Like flowers in a garden swaying at twilight

Like whispers of lovers meandering under moonlight

 

 

Like fragrance of an angel floating by

Like a baby’s eyes as he sings his lullaby

 

So prays my soul

 

أغنية روح


 

 

 روحي جنة روحي جنة
بها أشجارٌ
بها انهارٌ
بها ازهارُ
فلك الشكر ولَك الحمد
يا ذَا المنة

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روحي جنة روحي جنة

بها أقمارٌ
بها اطيارٌ
بها اسرارُ
ما أكرمك يا ذَا المنة

 

My soul is a heaven
With trees, rivers and flowers
Praise and gratitude
To You Most Kind
 
My soul is a heaven
With moons, birds and secrets
How generous of You, Most Kind

I Came From There


I came from there
There I belong
Where sparrows fly
And babies have wings
Where poppies dance
And angels sing

I came from there
Where souls twirl
Floating up high
With stardust tails
Despite the curfews
Dazzling, their joy

I came from there
Where skies rain bombs
As air stops breathing
Families hold hands
Bathing in love
Tranquil serene

I came from there
While furious evil
Rages with hate
Humanity’s saviours
Shining in beauty
Steadfast remain

I came from there
While others watch
Bewildered in amusement
My people climb
Peeking through veils
Where time no more

I came from there
Where truths are born

Infinity meets naught
Miracles are norm
Where loss is gain
And less is more

I came from there
Where prophets still praying
Where children play
On sacred mountains
Splashing their feet
In holy springs

I came from there
Where eyes can hear you
Where tears have smiles
And grins do weep
Where stones have feelings
And martyrs live forevermore

I came from there
There I belong
Where life is death
And death means life
Where God dwells
Thus sings my soul

Ascend


To be human is to be hugely affected by what is happening in the world

Sadness, depression and grief may linger in your heart

Colours fade into one tone of grey

You may even gasp at the edge of despair, sometimes

For one breath of hope, you’d give your life

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Often, you may question your sanity

You may wake up screaming at night

Your pillow soaked with tears streaming

You may wonder if it is all but a bad dream,

A nightmare rather

Or is it a 3D horror movie in which you’re sucked in somehow

An observer, helplessly watching

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Did I read that correctly?

Did I truly hear the little girl saying such words?

Is that world for real?

Are those perpetrators even human?

Did I land in the wrong universe?

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Volcanoes erupt in your chest

Battles rage in your head

and you,

YOU… are crushed in between

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Watching in curious apprehension

You try to regain bearings

To be a voice of reason

Amidst this madness

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You hold your fearful heart, tight

You take your mind by the hand
Hush hush its flying thoughts

Tap its shoulder, ever so gently

and whisper

Dear mind, do you mind to step aside for a moment

With all due respect, your knowledge is but a speck

Infinitesimal

You are not the author, you are not the hero

Not even an actor, or a comma in the script

and the story, O the story

Written on plane ∅ with letters of Light

Finely tuned explosion shattered nothingness into being

Time was born

Layer upon layer, the cosmos unfolds

Pages turning, evolving, a masterpiece

Exquisite beauty

Grand splendour

Sublime grace

Each chapter surpasses the one before

In elegance and magnificence

Imagine the ending, in a world unseen !

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Mind retreats, devout in silence

Heart serene

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Be conscious of the soul you are

Listen to the songs within

Spread your wings high and wide… Rise above

Heighten your inner resolve … Affect change

Tighten the rope to the Source… Spread hope

Smile at the rainbow again… The End is worth it

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Just Imagine!


Waiting

By threshold of existence

Bewildered and spellbound

 

 

Watching

Over threshold of death

Perplexed and mystified

 

 

Meandering

By threshold of lunacy

One foot in and one foot out

 

 

Wondering

At the threshold of love

Awestruck and mesmerized

Imagine

Just imagine

 

If only

You and I

Could leap over

Cross the line

Free Freedom


Life has taught me

The most wonderful thing about it is

All its treasures come free

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Rocks and pebbles

Amazing stones

Mighty trees

 

 

Shining stars

Sky that shelters

The air we breathe

 

 

Hills and mountains

Shores and valleys

Rivers and seas

 

Sand and soil

Snow and rain

Clouds and breeze

 

 

 

Hands that feel

Hearts that dance

Joints and knees

 

 

Flowers and roses

Colours and shades

The eye that sees

 

 

Enchanting sounds

Humming birds

The ear that hears

 

 

Friends and family

Love and joy

The smile that heals

 

 

I also learned that

All its creatures… born free… born free

 

Why is the fight then?

Why oppress? why enslave?

When freedom is for ALL

And ALL is FREE

 

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Who? You !


 

I think of You

My soul fills with poetry

My heart pounds with joy

 

A Deafening Silent Cry


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hour before the Dawn


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Earth is throbbing in curious anticipation

The avalanche is fast approaching

People dazed in deep sleep

Some eyes are peeled as if they know

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Time to retreat, weary soul

Time to retreat

Rest in a niche where Light descends

Hand it all over to the One Supreme

Carve a hole in your heart, braid your loved ones in

One by one

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O soul

Put your temporary house in order

Clean up the mess before the storm

Pluck up the weeds and plow the soil

Scatter the seeds for those to come

Give it back better than you received

Stunning… Atrociously beautiful

Humbly put your head down and pray

A modest sign of ample gratitude

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Raise your gaze up to the sky

Note the signs to your dwelling place

Adorn the garden of your home eternal

Let love flow free, let kindness prevail

Follow your soul, she knows the way

Let her guide you to your heavenly abode

Beneath the Throne of a Gracious Lord

Gaze in amazement at the glorious sight

Wither to nothingness before the Majesty

Splendour no eye had ever seen

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An Ode for Hope


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The more they deplore, attempt to destroy

The more I fall in love, fiercely adore

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The more they poison, crush or trash

The more I delight, hold dear and revere

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The more they smash, sever or detach

I will kiss it better, wholeheartedly embrace

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Do as you please, choose evil be vile

Break me, you will never… shake me you will fail

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My inexplicable verve -driving you insane, is not of my own

A droplet from above, bequest of the Divine, Most Loving Sublime
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Once Upon a Cloud


Up I jump, high I fly

On a rainbow stairs, I reach the sky

To a silver cloud, I tie my dream

So no one could reach, but I

With moon ray blanket, I wrap it tight

Give it a hug, kiss it goodnight

Leave there until a day comes

Heavenly grace, before I die

I pick it up and bring down

No questions asked, no how or why

Plant its seeds in fertile hearts

Then watch it bloom before my eyes

Stop, Listen, Look, Hope


The universe began, as far as we know, in a chaotic massive explosion, some billions of years ago, then slowly but surely the dance began; energies clustered, particles joined together, atoms formed, matter was born.

Then again slowly but surely, matter began to swim in orbits, galaxies twirled, stars swirled, planet formed, life was born (at least on the planet we live on)

Then ever since, we have been witnessing chaos moving to supreme order, mayhem to beauty, random explosions to fine-tuning, to consciousness, to morality, to kindness, to breathtaking beauty and exquisite harmony, despite all what SOME humans are doing.

It is this magical journey from chaos to balance, to beauty, to harmony to awareness, which indicates that we are moving forward, evolving with LOVING GUIDANCE, which in turn gives us boundless HOPE, despite the misery we are living today.

Thus whispers the kernel of my soul, to which every atom of my being celebrates and dances to, in every heartbeat and with every breath

An Ode to Love


In defiance of their hatred, in defiance of their wars, in defiance of their destruction, in defiance of their death-promotion;
I sing for Love, I sing for Peace, I sing for Creation, I sing for Life

Hereby, I stand to defy their WW3
Would you come and sing with me?

 

We were not created to destroy

But to ​love, ​cherish and enjoy

Every atom there is

To marvel, be in awe

​To bow in glorious wonder

​Before the Majestic, Most Sublime

Like an atom in its orbit,

O​r​ a floating butterfly

​L​ike a dolphin in the ocean,

​O​r a feather passing by

​Like a flower sweet and tender

Or an eagle flying high

Like a baby’s face glowing

As he sings his lullaby

I twirl in ​august ​adoration​

Fading to nothingness

Mind blown to smithereens

Soul bouncing in the sky

Agape


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Left to my own devices

Head wobbles

Heart frozen

Soul parched

Deaf, dumb and blank

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A droplet agape

A whisper from above

Words bounce in quantum leaps

Seeds rapture

Buds tremble

Flowers sway

Poems abound

All in bloom

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Makeup Prayer


❤ ❤ ❤ For all my daughters and sisters in humanity ❤ ❤ ❤

May your lipstick be honesty

May your manicure be kindness

May your powder be tenderness

May your bracelet be courage

May your ring be patience

May your perfume be love

May your hair do be humbleness

May your eye shadow be modesty

May your glamour be your graciousness

May your charm be your thoughtfulness

May jasmine be your wreath

May purity be your wedding dress

May wild flowers be your precious jewels

May your heart pound with humanity

May your soul radiate with heavenly beauty

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الحمد لله


الحمد لله على نعمة الحياة بحلوها ومرها

الحمد لله على نعمة الرؤية بجمالها وآلامها

الحمد لله على نعمة السمع بعذوبتها وضجيجها

الحمد لله على نعمة الحب بروعتها وأوجاعها

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Forever Thank You


Thank you for the gift of life
Sweet or bitter, the experience is worth it

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Thank you for the gift of sight
Beauty or ugly, the WOW of it is worth it

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Thank you for the gift of hearing
Soft or thunder, the puzzlement is worth it

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Thank you for the gift of consciousness
Cherished or ditched, the wonder of it is worth it

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Thank you for the gift of love
Joyous or painful, the marvel of it is worth it

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Thank you for every atom ever created

Thank you for every grain of sand ever existed

Thank you for every breath by a soul ever taken

Thank you for every flower ever bloomed or yet to bloom

Thank you for every heartbeat ever pounded

Thank you for every ray of sunshine ever sparkled

Thank you for every sound ever heard

Thank you for every star ever burst into being

Thank you for every sun, moon and planet ever spun

Thank you for every galaxy ever spiraled in perfection

Thank you for every subatomic particle and black-hole big or small

Thank you for every act of kindness ever done by a living being

Thank you for every word ever spoken

Thank you for every song, every tune, every prayer and every psalm ever filled a heart with awe,  splendour  and adoration

Thank You God forever and ever

 ❤ and I love You ❤

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Heavenly Waterfall


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Darkness descends
Eyes shut, humanity falls down
Sludgy deep hole

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I gasp for sanity
Help me Lord, slippery world
Don’t let me drown

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Beloved child despair not
Hold on my hand
Fly towards my shoal

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Cascade of light
Trickled from above
A rainbow from Heaven bathed my soul

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Bubbles of love
Washed away my fear and pain
A wondrous waterfall

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Danced my heart with joy
No longer broken
My being is bouncing whole

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Blessed be thy Holy Name
Sublime is your tenderness
Graceful is your call

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Thine is majestic glory
Most Gracious Most Loving
The Kindest of all

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All Shades of Wonder


Weary of my colour?
Don’t be, God chose it for me
I do love His gift, magnificent
A touch of paint divine

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Sublime brush is splashing
Perfect is the Maker
All shades of tender beauty
Glorious the design

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Look into my eyes
Come and hold my heart
Feel my compassion
Fear me not, truly I am benign

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A heavenly kiss awakens
Lonely jittery souls
A breath of love embracing
O feel it, brother of mine

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Mystic Ties


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We chased a rainbow one day
 
Pots of gold we found abound
 
Dormant, deep in our hearts
 
Bonded souls in separate realms
 
Intertwined, with mystic ties
 
Chant together Psalms of hope
 
Until we meet, loyal we stay
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Don’t Miss it


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Life is full of surprises

Rejoice in the beauty you find on the way

 

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Humanity’s Heart


Humanity has a    Heart

CHILDREN

 

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Heart Whisper


Share the nectar of your heart

It will bloom in abundance

 

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Know Thy Self


Connect with the child within, they say

I am the child within, I say

 

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Biography of an Odd-Soul


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A silent child I was

Hardly ever spoken

This girl is abnormally quiet, they whispered

She must be deaf or dumb

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In a world of my own

Mind running amok

Curious feral child

Up a fig tree, pomegranate or mulberry

Dreaming endlessly

Tantalized by a world of wonder

Bursting with questions

Dying for answers

How did it all begin?

Where is it heading?

And why?
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How many stars are there?

How come they don’t fall?

Why are shimmering?

Where do they go daytime?

What are sun and moon, doing up there?

What would we find at the edge of universe?

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Who I really am?

How come I can think?

Who is that talking inside my head,

When my lips are utterly sealed?

What am I doing here?

Where did I come from?

And most intriguing, why?

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Looking at ants, wow, I am gigantic!

From afar, the minaret is smaller than my little finger

Up a mountain, flabbergasted, O my O my

I am so tiny, the sky is so high
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Untamed child, with a stolen heart

Captured by a net, weaved of stars

A sky-gazer, fascinated by all

Every flying leaf, every passing breeze
Every living being, big or small
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My dad called me Elm, (knowledge in Arabic)

What do you want to be when you grow up

He asked one day

“A Philo-phoser”, certain, I replied

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At school, I would turn red-jam-jelly

When spoken to, or asked a question

Hence the nickname, Nena Red cheeks
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My friends would hang around a bit, then would move on

They want to chat, play and run

I want to sit still, let my mind meander, up above the clouds

Why sky is blue? what are these fluffs scattered below?

If I stretch my hands that far, would I find out what they really are?

A silent child I was, an odd-soul

To play with, apparently was not much fun
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Teenage years didn’t change much

My friends would be chattering and giggling away

When I draw near their chats would turn to whispers

To this very day, I have no idea what was going on

I knew they mentioned boys, but for heavens sake

Why was it so funny? what were the giggles all about?

A silent child I was, an odd-soul

To include in conversations, apparently wasn’t cool
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Bothered, I was most certainly not

In fact I was relieved

Too fascinated in my world of wonder

Vast and ever expanding

With this awesomeness, who would want some silly jokes anyway

A silent child I was, an odd-soul

A dreamer living a dream

Eden hues, supreme

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Heaven is Nigh


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Have you ever

Been approached

By a two years old

His smile is radiant, and eyes closed

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Have you ever

Been tenderly hugged

By a two years old

Warm hands around you, no longer cold

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Have you ever

been softly told

By a two years old

“Thank you for showing me the moon”

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Have you ever

Seen so much love

Felt so much bless

So much euphoria and gratitude

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SMILE


A genuine smile is a prayer

An outward sign of inwards grace

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SMILE often

Try to bring a smile to someone’s heart

Everyday

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EVERY genuine SMILE is

Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL

 

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A Prayer of Despair


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If my anguish would turn into tears, oceans would overflow

If my sorrow would burn like fire, supernovas would roar and blow

Wish I could turn the clock back, delete every word I know

Wish I could erase my mind of every image I ever saw

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“Ah! would that I had died before this!

Would that I had been a thing forgotten, out of sight!”

(Qur’an, Mariam 19:23)
“يَـٰلَيۡتَنِى مِتُّ قَبۡلَ هَـٰذَا وَڪُنتُ نَسۡيً۬ا مَّنسِيًّ۬ا”

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This is not a complaint, but a mere description of my pain

A hollow shell without You, a heap of nothingness

Scattered by wind, eroded by rain

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I saw evil, I know it exists, I hold it in disdain

Let it not touch me, let it not near me

Let it not spoil my heart, let it not soil my soul

Solemnly I refrain

Thy refuge I seek, Thy guidance I follow, faithful I remain

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Curious, no doubt, how could I not be?

Wanted to know EVERYTHING !

Forgot the wisdom, “be careful of what you ask for”

A footstep to Your Splendour, I asked to be

Commonsense! A footstep would be crushed under!

Hopefully not in vain
Empty me of me

Fill me of Your Love, fill me of Your Mercy

Sanity I regain

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Curious, no doubt, how could I not be?

All I wanted to know is, what could be behind the edge of Universe!

 

And what is this fabulous life, all about?

 

That’s all !

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Wherever I turn, whatever I do

I saw Your Splendour and awesome wonder, all around
Swept off my feet, blown away, besotted I sway, I meander

I fell in love with Your creation, before I was born

Flying between galaxies, bouncing over starts

Sliding over rainbows, dancing with sunshine

Weaving my curly hair with rays of moonlight

Clusters of daisies and a wreath of jasmine for my weary heart

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Who would grieve when You are the Comforter?

Who would know fear, with Your Consolation?

Who would suffer pain, when You are the Healer?

Who would despair, when You are the Guide

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O soul calm down, come and heed the call
Kneel down and pray, God is the Greatest, God is Sublime
That spark within you, what you’ve been yearning for

 

WOW !

O Balm of Mercy!
O Pure Holy Light !

I find my bearings, radiant again my face

Dazzled in amazement, grateful is my heart

Sparkle in my eyes, tranquil is my soul

Dreaming of tomorrow, peaceful, full of joy

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Flower Power


The wise have said:
“if you love a thing so much, it will reveal its secrets to you”

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Crazy world?

Overwhelmed?

Feeling down?

Hold a flower

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Breath it in

Let its scent

Kiss your heart

Feel its power

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Sing and sway

Rinse your soul

Nectar dew

Heavenly shower

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A Prayer of Gratitude


O bewildered eyes dazzled by a rainbow

For that I am grateful

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O baby’s hands on a wrinkled face

For that I am grateful

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O curious ears entranced by psalms

For that I am grateful

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O healing smile kissing a pained soul

For that I am grateful

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O pounding heart boisterous in love

For that I am grateful

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O gift of life, marvelous astounding

For that I am grateful
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Morning Has Broken


That moment


If I was to use all the words
Of all languages
Ever used by poets
Since time began
I’d never be able to describe
That moment

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If I was to collect all the masterpieces
Of all the works of art
Ever designed
By man’s imagination
I could never repaint
That moment

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If I was to live
All my past, present
And future
In pain, fear, and sorrow
Absorbing the suffering
Of all humanity
Since life began
It’s a price worth paying
To experience
That moment

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Thank you for giving me
A taste of paradise on earth
If only for a moment

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Thank you for opening a window
In my confined heart
In the here and now
Into eternity and infinity
If only for moment

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Thank you
For blessing me with
That moment

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With Open Arms


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Soul, O soul don’t be sad
 
This turmoil is but a fleeting storm
 
Life is born of cosmic explosions
 
Stardust, supernovas and black holes
 
They make plans and the Most Sublime plans
 
Out of chaos, order supreme
 
They destroy nothing but their very own souls
 
Cheer up and dry those precious tears
 
Run to the One Most Gracious Most Kind
 
Open your arms and feel the Grace
 
With that embrace nothing can harm
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Paradox


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Waking up every morning to the same nightmarish reality
Too much evil around
Plotter hiss in darkness
How best to destroy
Throbbing thunder
Ugliness abound
Heart trenched in sorrow
Horror, excruciating pain
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Waking up every morning, to the same astounding reality
Bountiful goodness august
Lovers whisper of kindness
We cherish Life, we adore
Awesome wonder
Beauty sublime
Soul spins of joy
Bliss, unimaginable delight
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May We Learn


May we look, so we may see

May we listen, so we may hear

May we touch, so we may feel

May we think, so we may learn

May we see, hear, feel and learn,

So we may love, adore, share and care  ♥

Afraid


I am afraid of what is to come

Afraid my little heart would not take all the gushing pain

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Yearning to go Home


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Home, real home . . . is not of this world

Eternal abode

Where only good is seen, evil has no place

Home is the place where there is no hate, no hurt, no harm

No quarrel, no prejudice, no qualm

No ego, no lies

No fear, no sorrow

No pain, no doubt

Home is tenderness and calm

Coolness in the eyes

Home is where the kernel of the soul slumbers

Serene

Embraced by the Beloved

Most Sublime

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Just to See You Smile


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I peel the petals of my heart

One by one

Lay them down

A pillow, fragrant and tender

Just for you

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I grate the kernel of my soul

Day by day

Stitch with stardust

A cocoon, warm and cozy

Just for you

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I glean the tears of my eyes

Droplet by droplet

Fill a lake, a sea or an ocean

To wash fear, pain and sorrow

For time without end
Just for you
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I gather the beats of my heart

Hour after hour

A string of starts

Sew it a blanket, silk and velvet

Just for you
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Only to see you smile again

and for your beautiful eyes to gleam

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Agony of a Soul


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Weep Nahida, weep

Flung open gates of anguish in your soul

​A tear for every tear on a child’s face

Suppressed in fear or shed in despair

Dried out in shock that no one cares

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Weep Nahida, weep, don’t count your tears

A tear for every child ever born,

Grown up to be a human, abused or abuser

Or died in pain, killed in vain

Walked on thorns, or lived in chains

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Weep Nahida, weep, let your agony fill the oceans

A tear for every ​breath ever been taken

By a living being near or far

A tear for every life gasping for life

Sprayed by poison, smothered by tar

Torn by bombs or burned alive
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Parched, lingering on the brink of lunacy

Your soul falls weary, your heart drained

And when you thought no more tears remain

They press rewind, start all over again

 

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Dear Most Beloved, Most Sublime
You see through me

You read my thoughts, You know my pain

No words make sense

No need to explain

This world is yours,

To You we belong, to You we return

 

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Most Gracious, Most High

Most Compassionate, Most Wise

Most Generous, Most Pure

Most Loving, Most Gentle, Most Kind

Source of Peace, Holiness and Truth

Glorious is Your Mercy

Majesty is Yours, Perfection is thy name

 

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Caress Your creation with a spark of Your Light

Heal its wounds with a song of Your Heart

Keep it out of harm’s way, keep us all sane

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Eye take it easy, heart don’t you cry

The All Aware Healer, hears your cry

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A Prayer For New Year


With You I am OK

 

Dear Most Compassionate

Show me the truth

As true

And help me follow

Show me falsehood

As false

And help me avoid

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Help me… say the truth

Help me… do the truth

Help me… think the truth

Help me… feel the truth

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Dear Most Kind

I am lost

Without your guidance

Frail

Without your support

Miserable

Without your company

Dare I run away from You

Except towards You

Is there a place to hide from You

Except under your wings

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The world has wronged me

Forsaken neglected and ignored

Held me responsible as the victim

Declared me guilty while innocent

Put me on trial although oppressed

Imprisoned me for being abused

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An abandoned child

Blamed for… being

But

If You, Most Beloved, are pleased with me

I can take it all

Nothing else matters

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Fight Back


Today,

Armies of evil gathered

Surrounded you

rally

They want your heart

To crush and destroy

To occupy with darkness;

Fear, hate, suspicion and ungratefulness

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Do not surrender

Fight back

Fill your heart with Light

Pour out Love

Cherish Life

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May I Go Back, a Child


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I want to go back, a child,
A child who does not read newspapers, nor listen to news
Does not know wars, ignorant in the art of worrying,
Does not master politics nor does she write poetry
I want to go back, a child again,
Playing in the folds of history,
Hiding beneath a bird’s wings
I want to go back, a child forgotten by time,

Left her behind and never looked back

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I want to go back, a child lost her way to tomorrow,
Distracted by angels and sweet fairies
Racing with boys, throwing pebbles,

Rolling down a mountain and climbing trees
Scattering basil leaves while playing “Bride and Groom”
Having fun and allocating roles among friends

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Embracing her rag-doll, so she may sleep, still and serene without fear
Whisper in her tender heart,

“Blessed the Most Sublime, how exquisite children are”
“Let her sleep, let her sleep, a couple of doves, waiting for her
“Fly away little doves, but not for long,
Come sing for the beloved so she may fall asleep”
Embroider a dress of stars, the colour of rainbow,
The enchantment of summer breeze, dew, warmth and light

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Of water and soil making Za’ter dough, baked with olives and olive oil,
So my beloved may eat in the morning
Gathering pomegranates, peaches, apples, pears and prickly pears
Eat sweetheart, our land is generous, its sky is wide,
Our world, an astounding journey

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A child, stacking stones, building palaces out of sand
and verandas for houses with no fences or walls
At dawn, collecting figs and almonds
Filling her claypot of the well or stream down the valley
A brave knight riding her golden horse,

To rescue the princess of the castle

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Plait her wild hair, adorn with diamonds, sapphire, coral and a moon
In utter joy, wearing her mother’s bracelet
Then, hiding behind the curtain, not to be chastised
Swaying in her grandma’s rustic garb
Scented of jasmine and vine,
Embroidered with poppies, meadows and wild flowers

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I want to go back, a child,
A child who does not read newspapers, nor listen to news
Does not know wars, ignorant in the art of worrying,
Does not master politics nor does she write poetry
I want to go back, a child again,
Playing in the folds of history,
Hiding beneath a bird’s wings
I want to go back, a child forgotten by time,

Left her behind and never looked back

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O time, hold this fragile heart in tenderness,
For it has melted of compassion, yearning for joyful past days
I want to go back, a child, sleeping like a baby,
Waking up at the singing of swallows not bombing and destruction
O Grace, take this broken heart,
Grind it down, scatter it over earth, salt and water
Our Earth is parched for justice, O Most Merciful, Most Sublime

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Eternal Love Story


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Once upon a velvet night … A Jerusalemite night

The moon approached the moon

Two moons embraced

Like, true lovers, they gazed and exchanged tenderness

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The moon whispered to his beloved’s ear

Sweetheart, let me dry your tears

Your tears shook the Throne of the Most Sublime

Your dignified sighs shattered the cosmos

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Yesterday, my beloved

Epoch told us a story

About a Universe

Who fell in love with a moon

A never ending love story

Between Eternal and mortal, Infinite and finite

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Heaven and Earth entwined

Planets bowed down, and stars prostrated in awe

Between a rock and Paradise

A rope of light unfurled

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Here, galaxies kissed earth

Here, prophets prayed in adoration

Here, an oath… Here, a promise

Here, joy, bliss and delight

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Here, souls of martyrs flew above

Buoyant, to drumbeats below

Here, the chanting of angels

Following footsteps of the messenger

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Here, the sound of truth is loud and powerful

Here, falsehood is defeated

Here, darkness of oppression does not stand a  chance

Here, hearts are consoled, wounds are healed

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Beyond


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Beyond

This love I have for you

Holds me, lifts me, carries me through

When all is dark

When pain is deep

When love is scarce

When friends are few

This love I have for you

Holds me, lifts me, carries me through

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A Song of Gratitude


How wonderful this gift of Life is!

To open your eyes

Each glorious morning
and… see!
Life in full colour
Fabulous 3D
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Such awesome miracles
 
Such boundless joy
 
From wondrous miracles
 
Stroking a leaf
 
Holding a stone
 
Kissing a flower
 
Climbing a tree
 
Even tiny toys

 

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How wonderful this gift of Life is!
Watching some ducklings … chasing their mama
Passing your fingers through a trickling stream
Feeling the breeze tickling your hair
Humming your song, to your love’s heartbeats
Laughing out loud, with shimmering eyes, swinging up high
Happy and wild that child inside, can you now see!
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How fascinating to be alive!
More so, to be aware of it!
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Thank you God for my life
Thank you for Life, every living thing
 
Thank you for all there is
 
Forevermore
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Topography of my soul


When I was seven,
At gunpoint,
I was driven out of my land, Palestine
A Naksa, survivor, daughter of Nakba survivors
Eyes moist, gazing at the horizon
Fixated towards Jerusalem
Ever since
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When I was seventeen,
My family departed Libya, moved away, as did I
Leaving all my friends behind
“I will not go through this again” I thought
“No more friends, no more love, no more gain
No more loss, no more separation, no more pain” I said to myself
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At twenty seven,
A stranger in a strange land, London, UK
The chest of my beloved was ripped open
Valve replacement in his heart
Standing by his side in ICU
“I wish it was me under the surgeon’s knife”
“I could cope better, if I took your place”
Anguish, unbearable, legs turn jelly, I fell to the floor
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At thirty seven,
Gasping for life, in a hospital bed in Whiston
With a fine thread, clutching onto hope
Wavering in and out of existence, for four years
Watching my children growing alone, playing alone
Sobbing at my baby’s daily questions:
“Are you feeling better, mama? Can you give me a bath?
Can you tell me a story? Can we play outside today?”
 “Does that grey colour in your hair mean  you’re going to die soon, mama?”

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At forty seven,
Grieving the sudden loss of my soulmate,
Burying my beloved in Amman graveyard
Frozen, flicking through my memories
Searching every corner of my mind
Digging my heart, carving the kernel of my soul
Maybe, just maybe, I could hear one of Khaled’s heartbeats!
Meet his shadow, touch his hand

Catch a whiff of his scent around

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At fifty seven,
oops, not there yet !
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NO… NO

Don’t get me wrong

I am not complaining, not at all
I am merely describing

The lowest points in time and space

Of the map of my journey, in the valleys of my soul

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The rest is magic
Swaying hills, and gushing waterfalls
Great big mountains with high altitudes
Buoyant meadows and dancing rainbows,
Flowing rivers, pounding oceans, hymns of gratitude
Thank you Allah, Shukran ya wadoud
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Simple Logic


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Since I know Love exists,

For I feel its awesome wonder

gushing through my buoyant soul

Absolute Love must exist

A Love Sublime, infinitely greater than mine

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I know Compassion exists,

I recognize its tender whispers

In the pounding of my heart embracing all

Absolute Compassion must exist

A Compassion Divine, infinitely greater than mine

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I know justice exists,

I crave for its harmonious glory

As for water in a desert, on a hot summer day

Absolute ​Justice must exist too

A ​Justice Supreme, infinitely greater than mine

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I know perfection exists,

I adore,  dream of, and sing for

With every neuron of my bewildered mind

Absolute ​Perfection must exist

A ​Perfection Majestic, infinitely greater than mine

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Since I know beauty exists,

I see it in every face and every smile

Wherever I turn, whenever I look around

Absolute ​Beauty must exist

A ​Beauty Exquisite, infinitely greater than mine

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I know creativity exists,

In a fairytale of a child’s dream

Playing a heavenly tune, dancing by a stream

Absolute ​Creativity must exist

A Creativity Grand, infinitely greater than mine

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I know forgiveness exists,

As I bathe my soul in wondrous miracles

Heal your wounds, watch anger fade away

Absolute Forgiveness must exist

A Forgiveness Magnificent, infinitely greater than mine

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I know generosity exists,

I have tasted its splendid fruit,

Give, receive… Give, receive, watch the world goes round and round

Absolute ​Generosity must exist

A Generosity magnanimous, infinitely greater than mine

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