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

* * *

* * *

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

* * *

* * *

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?

* * *

* * *

Volcanoes erupt in your chest

Battles rage in your head

and you,

YOU… are crushed in between

* * *

* * *

Watching in curious apprehension

You try to regain bearings

To be a voice of reason

Amidst this madness

 * * *

* * *
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


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 !

 * * *
* * * * * * * * * *
Mind retreats, devout in silence

Heart serene

* * * * * * * * * *

* * *

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

* * *

Just Imagine!


By threshold of existence

Bewildered and spellbound




Over threshold of death

Perplexed and mystified




By threshold of lunacy

One foot in and one foot out




At the threshold of love

Awestruck and mesmerized


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

* * *

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




Who? You !


I think of You

My soul fills with poetry

My heart pounds with joy


A Deafening Silent Cry



































































Hour before the Dawn

* * *

Earth is throbbing in curious anticipation

The avalanche is fast approaching

People dazed in deep sleep

Some eyes are peeled as if they know

* * *
* * *

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

* * *

* * *

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

* * *

* * *

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

* * *

An Ode for Hope

* * *

The more they deplore, attempt to destroy

The more I fall in love, fiercely adore

* * *

* * *

The more they poison, crush or trash

The more I delight, hold dear and revere

* * *

* * *

The more they smash, sever or detach

I will kiss it better, wholeheartedly embrace

* * *

* * *

Do as you please, choose evil be vile

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

* * *

* * *

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

A droplet from above, bequest of the Divine, Most Loving Sublime
* * *

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



Left to my own devices

Head wobbles

Heart frozen

Soul parched

Deaf, dumb and blank



A droplet agape

A whisper from above

Words bounce in quantum leaps

Seeds rapture

Buds tremble

Flowers sway

Poems abound

All in bloom


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


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


Forever Thank You

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


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


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


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 ❤


Heavenly Waterfall


Darkness descends
Eyes shut, humanity falls down
Sludgy deep hole


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mystic Ties

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

Don’t Miss it


Life is full of surprises

Rejoice in the beauty you find on the way



Humanity’s Heart

Humanity has a    Heart




Heart Whisper

Share the nectar of your heart

It will bloom in abundance



Know Thy Self

Connect with the child within, they say

I am the child within, I say



Biography of an Odd-Soul

* * *

A silent child I was

Hardly ever spoken

This girl is abnormally quiet, they whispered

She must be deaf or dumb

* * *

* * *

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?
* * *
* * *

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?

* * *
* * *

Who I really am?

How come I can think?

Who is that talking inside my head,

When my my lips are utterly sealed?

What am I doing here?

Where did I come from?

And most intriguing, why?

* * *

* * *

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
* * *
* * *

Untamed child, with a stolen heart

Captured by a net, weaved of stars

A sky-gazer, fascinated by all

Everything flying leaf, every passing breeze
Every living being, big or small
* * *
* * *

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

 * * *

* * *

At school, I would turn red-jam-jelly

When spoken to, or asked a question

Hence the nickname, Nena Red cheeks
* * *

* * *

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
* * *

* * *

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
* * *

* * *

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

* * *

Heaven is Nigh


 * * *

Have you ever

Been approached

By a two years old

His smile is radiant, and eyes closed

 * * *


 * * *
Have you ever

Been tenderly hugged

By a two years old

Warm hands around you, no longer cold

 * * *


 * * *

Have you ever

been softly told

By a two years old

“Thank you for showing me the moon”

* * *


 * * *

Have you ever

Seen so much love

Felt so much bless

So much euphoria and gratitude

 * * *



A genuine smile is a prayer

An outward sign of an inwards grace

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SMILE often

Try to bring a smile to someone’s heart



EVERY genuine SMILE is

Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL



A Prayer of Despair

* * *

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

* * *


* * *

“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”

* * *


* * *
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

* * *


* * *

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

* * *




* * *

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

* * *


* * *

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 !

* * *
* * *

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

* * *


* * *

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



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

* * *

Flower Power

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

* * *


* * *

Crazy world?


Feeling down?

Hold a flower

* * *

* * *

Breath it in

Let its scent

Kiss your heart

Feel its power

* * *


* * *

Sing and sway

Rinse your soul

Nectar dew

Heavenly shower

* * *


A Prayer of Gratitude

O bewildered eyes dazzled by a rainbow

For that I am grateful

O baby’s hands on a wrinkled face

For that I am grateful


O curious ears entranced by psalms

For that I am grateful

O healing smile kissing a pained soul

For that I am grateful

O pounding heart boisterous in love

For that I am grateful


O gift of life, marvelous astounding

For that I am grateful

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


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


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


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


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


Thank you
For blessing me with
That moment



With Open Arms

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


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
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

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  ♥


I am afraid of what is to come

Afraid my little heart would not take all the gushing pain


Yearning to go Home


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


Embraced by the Beloved

Most Sublime


Just to See You Smile

I peel the petals of my heart

One by one

Lay them down

A pillow, fragrant and tender

Just for you


I grate the kernel of my soul

Day by day

Stitch with stardust

A cocoon, warm and cozy

Just for you


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


I gather the beats of my heart

Hour after hour

A string of starts

Sew it a blanket, silk and velvet

Just for you

Only to see you smile again

and for your beautiful eyes to gleam


Agony of a Soul


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


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



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

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


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




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



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


Eye take it easy, heart don’t you cry

The All Aware Healer, hears your cry


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


Help me… say the truth

Help me… do the truth

Help me… think the truth

Help me… feel the truth


Dear Most Kind

I am lost

Without your guidance


Without your support


Without your company

Dare I run away from You

Except towards You

Is there a place to hide from You

Except under your wings


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


An abandoned child

Blamed for… being


If You, Most Beloved, are pleased with me

I can take it all

Nothing else matters

يأتي على الناس زمان الصابر فيهم على دينه كالقابض على الجمر

Fight Back


Armies of evil gathered

Surrounded you


They want your heart

To crush and destroy

To occupy with darkness;

Fear, hate, suspicion and ungratefulness


Do not surrender

Fight back

Fill your heart with Light

Pour out Love

Cherish Life


May I Go Back, a Child


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


Eternal Love Story


Once upon a velvet night … A Jerusalemite night

The moon approached the moon

Two moons embraced

Like, true lovers, they gazed and exchanged tenderness


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


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


Heaven and Earth entwined

Planets bowed down, and stars prostrated in awe

Between a rock and Paradise

A rope of light unfurled


Here, galaxies kissed earth

Here, prophets prayed in adoration

Here, an oath… Here, a promise

Here, joy, bliss and delight


Here, souls of martyrs flew above

Buoyant, to drumbeats below

Here, the chanting of angels

Following footsteps of the messenger


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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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


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
Such awesome miracles
Such boundless joy
From tiny things
Stroking a leaf
Holding a stone
Kissing a flower
Climbing a tree
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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 aloud, with twinkly eyes, swinging up high
Happy and wild that child inside, can you now see!
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
Thank you for every living thing
Thank you for all there is
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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
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
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
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?”


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

At fifty seven,
oops, not there yet !
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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

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



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



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



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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Absolute, Infinite Love, الودود

Absolute, Infinite Compassion, الرحمن الرحيم

Absolute, Infinite Justice, العدل

Absolute, Infinite Perfection, الكمال

Absolute, Infinite Beauty, الجميل

Absolute, Infinite Creativity, البديع

Absolute, Infinite Generosity, الكريم

Commonly known as God,  or Arabic Allah

Love grows forever


No matter how colourful

No matter how grey

No matter how joyful

No matter how full of pain

No matter what we lose

No matter what we gain





Seen from above

Life is but a game

Captured in a story

Once upon a dream




Awakened hearts

Tightly intertwined

Time and space do not contain

No separation no restrain


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Nurtured in adoration

Blossoms in drought as in rain

Shins through darkness

A cosmos exploding, supernova plays insane





When injustice becomes the law

When confusion leads many astray

Awakened hearts

Always find a way




Cherishing life, embracing all

Vessels of compassion heeding the call

Without distinction, holding creation big and small




Let there be hearts tender and pure

Floating lilies in a nectar river

Sublime serene, love grows forever


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Art work credit to
Yasmeen Olya and Layla Nowras

A Matter of Love

Your writing is unhinged

Just be careful

Those people can seriously harm you

Aren’t you afraid?

Why do you throw yourself in harm’s way?

Tell me why?

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It is not a matter of courage

It is a matter of love


A love so great that every sacrifice worthwhile

All pain bearable


Love of Truth, Justice, Peace and Humanity

Love of gentleness and kindness, compassion and beauty


Love of babies when they’re born

As they take their first step

As they make their first smile

Then from then on, every step of the way


Love of children when they laugh

As they dream of hugging the world

As they giggle when they play

Flattering their wings as they fly


Love of earth running amok

Day and night chasing one another

Hoping to meet by the horizon

Out of breath kissing the sky


Love of oceans as they pound

Racing to sleep on seashore’s lap

Love of mountains as they rise

Love of rivers as the flow


Love of blossoming almond trees

Bridal dress in a magic show

Love of olive trees silver and green

Brushed with wand of a fairy queen


Love of daisies holding hands

and of poppies as they dance

Love of wheat meadows as they sway

Rustic gold in cool summer day


Love of colours, all shades and hues

Twirling dervish, rainbow in prayer

Love of stars and galaxies, big and small

Shimmering deep within my soul


Love of fathers as they gaze

At their little ones dazed with elation

and of mothers as they nurse,

Teeming with love and adoration


Love of life… ALL life

I don’t want to see it harmed

Let alone destroyed


Love of love without which life would literally cease to be

Love of love as it ushers chaos into sublime harmony

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Love of love as it explodes, 

a million stars

When I look into my beloved’s eyes


I don’t want to see all that go

Do you?

Now, can you see why?

Soul Tears

When mountaintops are blown up to smithereens

When ancient trees are chopped to pieces

When fish and birds feed on plastic trash

When rivers churn murky and brown

When ocean azure oiled with tar

Anguished and pained

Then, weeps my soul


Human Hands

Human hands, made for giving

A pounding heart ever forgiving


“An outwards sign of inwards grace”

To give lone souls a loving embrace


Caring hands never cause harm

For sore open wounds, balsam and balm


Helping hands give and share

Tender, compassionate above being fair


Healing hands caress your pain

The kiss of life to the dying, the slain


Humble hands raised up to pray

Dancing rainbows rejoice in play


WiFi to Heaven


Teaming with tranquility

Enchanted by the call of the Most Merciful

Whispers of serenity


How could such a soul ever waver

Or lose heart

At the sight of angry hungry wolves !


Nay, but the oppressors know not



Painting by Palestinian artist Imad Abu Shtayyah

Visual Poetry

In the pounding of the ocean

In the shimmering of a stream


In the colours of a rainbow

Caught in the net of a little girl’s dream

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In the swaying of the mountains

and the curvy hills behind


In the whispers of a sparrow

To the scented meadows around

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My soul is filled with poetry

My eyes sing of gratitude

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Like an autumn leaf I fall

Spontaneous urge to pray

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Then cries my soul

Don’t let that go

Don’t let that go

Don’t let their greed

Destroy our Home


What Colour is your Soul?

Someone posed a question
“What colour is your soul?”
They asked

“If you answer this questionnaire
You will find out the colour of your soul!”, they said

My soul is a rainbow, I said
No need for a questionnaire
I know

My soul is a rainbow, I said


All shades of green
All tones of yellow
All shadows of blue
Sand and soil … grass and sky
Olive and almond … peach and plum

Flaming orange and burning red
Copper and crimson
Pink and purple
Coral and lilac
Silver and gold
Indigo and violet
Cobalt and scarlet
Aquamarine azure

My soul is a rainbow , I said


An Ode for Life

During such times of great upheaval, and under the duress of watching our world threatened by evil, trembling at the brink of annihilation, hearts feel heavy and tears leave its marks down our pain struck faces.

But deep down at the kernel of our souls, where truth runs unveiled, serenity grows untamed, love flows unobstructed and hope blossoms like a beautiful meadow knowing for sure that the Loving Creator, will not let HIS world get destroyed or harmed

Let there be Hope

Let there be Life

With endless love

and awesome wonder

We sing for Life

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I want to hop

Mountain to mountain

Embrace the cosmos

From end to end

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I want to jump

Up up so high

Kiss the blue sky

Sway with its wind

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I want to sing

With happy canaries

Like a hummingbird

Flutter my wings

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I want to play

Just like a child

With Ice and snow

With mum beside

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I want to rinse

My aching tears

Cleanse my sorrow

As rain falls down

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I want to pray

With a pounding heart

Such awesome wonder

And love so great

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I want to fall

On my forehead

Rejoice this beauty

Gifted for all

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I want to hold all that there is

Hide big and small

Out of harm’s way

Inside my soul

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May it rest in peace

Over there, in the horizon

Facing the nebulous where Heaven meets Earth

By the ancient well, where baby swallows used to drink

Near the valley of almonds and prickly pears

On top of the hill of apricot and mulberries

Beneath a stone, removed away once, by my grandfather

To make a pathway for his flock of goats

Under a majestic olive tree

Between an array of irises and a lone poppy

My heart was born

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Over there, in the horizon

Where I could no longer see

Clinging on a stone,

Held once by a little hand

Far, far away from me

My heart was buried

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A Plea

Dearest of all

This soul is aching

Trembling in pain

Bodies of maimed toddlers

Bleeding in vain