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;
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​

Body fading to nothingness

Mind is blown to smithereens

Soul is 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 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

Everything 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 an 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

يأتي على الناس زمان الصابر فيهم على دينه كالقابض على الجمر

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

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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 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!
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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
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
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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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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


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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

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Seen from above

Life is but a game

Captured in a story

Once upon a dream

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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

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When injustice becomes the law

When confusion leads many astray

Awakened hearts

Always find a way

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Cherishing life, embracing all

Vessels of compassion heeding the call

Without distinction, holding creation big and small

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Let there be hearts tender and pure

Floating lilies in a nectar river

Sublime serene, love grows forever

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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

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A love so great that every sacrifice worthwhile

All pain bearable

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Love of Truth, Justice, Peace and Humanity

Love of gentleness and kindness, compassion and beauty

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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

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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

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Love of earth running amok

Day and night chasing one another

Hoping to meet by the horizon

Out of breath kissing the sky

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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

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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

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Love of daisies holding hands

and of poppies as they dance

Love of wheat meadows as they sway

Rustic gold in cool summer day

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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

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Love of fathers as they gaze

At their little ones dazed with elation

and of mothers as they nurse,

Teeming with love and adoration

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Love of life… ALL life

I don’t want to see it harmed

Let alone destroyed

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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

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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

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Human Hands


Human hands, made for giving

A pounding heart ever forgiving

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“An outwards sign of inwards grace”

To give lone souls a loving embrace

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Caring hands never cause harm

For sore open wounds, balsam and balm

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Helping hands give and share

Tender, compassionate above being fair

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Healing hands caress your pain

The kiss of life to the dying, the slain

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Humble hands raised up to pray

Dancing rainbows rejoice in play

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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

 

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Painting by Palestinian artist Imad Abu Shtayyah

Visual Poetry


In the pounding of the ocean

In the shimmering of a stream

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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O dearest of all

Heal this aching soul

With heavenly cure

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O dearest of all

This soul is shattered

Weeping in despair

Is this our planet home , or is it really hell on earth

Does anyone notice, or even care

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O dearest of all

Please mend this shattered soul

Caress her to endure

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O dearest of all

This soul is tarnished

Screams of the dying, what a nightmare

Babies soaked in blood

More than anyone can bare

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O dearest of all

Please rinse this tarnished soul

With mist and snow

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O dearest of all

This soul is cold

Bombing all around, death is everywhere

Crowds of gazing eyes

But no one is there

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O dearest of all

Please warm this cold soul

Love divine serene azure

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O dearest of all

This soul is dimmed

Its spark has long gone

Extermination of Your children

O humanity, what have you done

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O dearest of all

Please fill this dimmed soul

With wonders of your nour*

Cleanse it pure

A dewdrop agape

Dazzled in awe

Yearning to be with You

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Our Humanity …انسانيتنا


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انسانيتنا تتجلى في عبق عشقنا للعدل والرحمة والحرية

كما حديقة غناء في لب ارواحنا

ليس على ضحل قشورنا بل في سويداء القلوب

هناك… فقط هناك

تولد انسانيتنا المفعمة بالحب للخالق وما خلق


وهناك تزهر وجدانياتنا بإلاخلاص والايثار والتواضع والسكينة


فلا نزاع ولا صراع ولا خوف ولا قلق

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Our humanity is reflected in the fragrance of our passion

for justice, compassion and freedom

A meadow at the core of our souls

Not in the shallow shells of mortals,

but in the deepest melancholy of our beings

There and only there

Our humanity is born

Teeming with  love of the Creator and creation

There, blooms our hearts

 with sincerity, altruism, humility and serenity

Where no dispute, no conflict, no fear, no anxiety

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Little Miracles


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I gaze at your eyes

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

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I touch your face

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

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I kiss your cheeks

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

 

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I smell your hair

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

 

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I hear your laughter

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

 

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I hold your hand

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

 

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I tickle your feet

 

I marvel, I’m in awe

 

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Baby, what Sublime Hand has made you?

 

What heavenly mist breathed you here?

 

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A Portrait of my Heart


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ما لي ارى في حزنها السرمدي رسماً لقلبي؟

 

وهل يجفو الرحمن قلبا هام به؟ حاشا لله

 

أزهر الحب في الحشى أملاً

 

 اكليلا من الياسمين طوقا للنجاة

 

In her eternal sorrow,

Why do I see a portrait of my heart ?

 

 

Would the Most Merciful, ever ignore an adoring soul?

NEVER

 

Love blossoms hope

 

A wreath of Jasmine, heart’s lifebelt

 

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I remember, Lema and Nour


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“My name is Lema, I am eight”

“My sister is Nour, she is five, her name means Light”

“I took her out to buy some sweets”

“They bombed us, alhamdulillah”

“I was injured with shrapnel, alhamdulillah”

“My sister is a martyr, alhamdulillah”

“My sister is a bird in Heaven, alhamdulillah”

“We want to live in dignity, like all people, alhamdulillah”

“We are not afraid of Jews, alhamdulillah”

“We are patient, alhamdulillah”

“I am from gaza, alhamdulillah”

“I support the Resistance, I love the Resistance, alhamdulillah”

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Lema… Your few words shuttered my being

The flood of your silence uprooted me

The calmness of your screams  tormented my heart

The twinkle in your eyes, despite your wounds, haunted me

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Lema, a singing of a Canary…soft and warm

Lema, a Psalm of David… A heart pure and serene

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Stars in the highest are lost in bewilderment, listening to the echo of your pain

Sky kneeled down, sobbing and trembling in the presence of your mighty patience

Words diminished and fell short of meanings, in front of your sublime poetry

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Lema, sweetheart

Lema, a face of an angel from paradise

Lema, an exquisite rose, worthy of awe and appreciation

Allow me to lay my head beneath the shadow of your pain

Kiss the ground, blessed and honoured, with the touch of your toes

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Lema, sweetheart, don’t you worry

Your beloved is now free

She was Nour . . . Now she is Light

Glowing in the heart of a green bird

His nest, a lantern of light

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Nour is now in ecstasy, floating

Around the Throne of the Most Compassionate, Most Kind

Chanting, hymns of gratefulness

Scattering prayers, scented flowers

Painting smiles of love and yearning, at the gates of Heaven

For those beloved and adored

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لمى ونور


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” اسمي لمى وعمري ثمانية… واختي نورخمسة  ”

“اخذتها للدكان أشتري لها”

“قصفونا . . . الحمد لله”

“اصابتني شظايا . . . الحمد لله”

“اختي  شهيدة . . . الحمد لله”

“اختي عصفورة في الجنة . . . الحمد لله”

“نريد حياة كريمة زي كل الناس . . . الحمد لله”

“أنا من غزة . . . الحمد لله”

“أنا مع المقاومة . . .  أنا بحب المقاومة . . . الحمد لله”

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لمى هزتني كليماتك

اجتثني من الاعماق  سيول الصمت بآهاتك

وروع قلبي المكلوم سكوناً  لف صرخاتك

ولوعني ذاك البريق في عينيك رغماً عن جراحاتك

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لمى يا بلبلاً شادي… بصوت خافتٍ دافي

لمى مزمارُ داوودٍ… يا قلباً طاهراً صافي

تاهت نجوم الليل في عليائها لرجع أنينك الخافي

 أطت سماء الكون وحق لها، بحضرة صبرك الكافي

قمؤت حروف الكلم عن معانيها لروعة شِعرك الوافي

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لمى يا حبيبة

لمى يا وجه حورية من الجنة

لمى يا وردة جورية . . . لها المنَّة

دعيني أمرغ رأسي تحت ظلال أوجاعك

أبوس الترب الذي بورك . . . بلمسه طرف أقدامك

* * *

لمى يا حبيبة لا تجزعي

فحبيبتك الآن حرة

هي نور وقد صارت الآن نوراً

في جوف طيرأخضرٍ

عشه قنديل نور

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ملائك ربك تقرئها السلام

تطأطئ الهامات إكباراً واجلالا

تفرش لها الأكوان  ياسمينا وورداً

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نورتطوف الآن نشوى

حول عرش الرحمن

تُسَّبح دوماً تراتيل امتنان

تنثر الدعوات زهورعطر

وروح وريحان

ترسم البسمات أشواقاً وحباً

ولقاءً للأحبة بأعتاب الجنان

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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

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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, persecuted and despised

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…

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But if You are pleased with me

I can take it all

Nothing else matters

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A Tear for the World


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I feel your throbbing pain

O World

I see your bleeding soul

I cringe, I go insane

 

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Weary, I retreat

To the land of barren tears

Where no man has ever been

In silence, I weep

 

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“O dear God”

I whisper

“How can such a small heart,

Take all this pain?”

 

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Let there be Hope !


Be optimistic

Always

Never lose hope

Ever

Because

The majestic force of LIFE

Is greater than

The destructive force of evil

Simple as that !

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The Rescue


 

 

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Deep… deep inside…

In the land of sorrow… where I reside

Where only pain reigns

Passion becomes resistance

Love grows rebellious

And hope stands tall

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Grief runs deep

Cutting through hills and mountains

In the caves and underground

Far beyond my reach

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It was raining agony… that day

Restless… agitated… weighed down

Haunted by my nightmare

You’re never coming home

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Looking up… into sky

Yelling for help

My soul whispers

Here I am God… exhausted… give me your hand… come to my aid

Here I am God… full of sorrow… and anguish…ease my pain

Here I am God… hurt and tired… help me…hold me… heal me

Here I am God… lonely… be my friend and companion

Here I am God… lost… guide me… show me the way

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And like a dazzling morning at the crack of dawn, dispelling all darkness

Like gentle rain drops drizzling over a parched piece of land

Like a rainbow flowing piercing through thick murky clouds

Like sweet scent of love drifting capturing your heart

Like a velvet ruby rose blooming right before your eyes

Like a soft warm blanket in a cold winter night

Like a tender mother’s hand stroking her child

I felt

God’s loving-hand

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Then…

Then this sweet… sweet comfort

Gently overwhelming

Lovingly embracing

Tenderly holding

Magically transforming

That distressed soul with a troubled heart

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In this land of sorrow

Suddenly

Pain is overthrown and Passion reigns again

And sweet… sweet comfort falls down as rain

Calm descends

Serenity prevails

Tranquillity enfolds

Joy blooms

And sweet… sweet comfort falls down as rain

 

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Beyond


 

 

This love I have for you

Holds me, lifts me, carries me through

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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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Thank you God for all those things


 

 

Thank you for my fears

For without them

I could live my entire days

Without ever appreciating

How safe my life is

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Thank you for my worries

For without them I could never

Fully enjoy peace of mind

And tranquillity

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Thank you for my pain

For without it

I could only imagine

What others go through

Amal, 11 years old. 

Thank you for my grief

For without it

I couldn’t sincerely feel

 The heartache of others

How else can I ever

Learn genuine empathy?

Thank you God, for all my imperfections

xxaa

 

O World… . يا عالَم


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يا عالَم…

يا انسان…


يا خلق الرحمن



يا ابداع اللطيف الحنّان

صباح الخير رغم انف الشر

صباح الامل رغم انف الالم

صباح الورد رغم انف الاشواك

صباح العدل رغم انف الظلم

صباح النور رغم انف الظلمات

صباح النصر رغم انف القهر

صباح الحرية رغم انف العبيد

صباح الكرامة رغم انف الاحتلال

صباح الابتسامة رغم انف الدموع

صباح الفرح رغم انف الاحزان

صباح الحب رغم انف الفراق

احبكم في الله يا كُلّ الاخيار والطيبين في هذا العالم

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O world

O human

O creation of the Most Merciful

O masterpiece of the Most Compassionate, Most Sublime

Good Morning

A morning of goodness, despite the wicked

A morning of hope despite despair

A morning of roses despite thorns

A morning of justice despite suppression

A morning of light despite darkness

A morning of victory despite oppression

A morning of freedom despite slavery

A morning of dignity despite occupation

A morning of smiles despite tears

A morning of joy despite sorrow

A morning of love despite separation

 

World, and ALL good people in it …. I love you

 

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At your Feet, Heaven Lies


Beloved Mother

 

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Knock knock


My beloved brothers and sisters in humanity

With a bunch of scented roses

and a meadow of wild flowers,

I wish to wipe your tears away

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Kneeling down with utmost love

Embrace your pain and weary hearts

Caress your wondrous beautiful souls

 

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With a grateful smile

I knock at your door

Wishing and praying you accept my call

 

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Be a Rose


Be a rose

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Giving fragrance when caressed

Held up softly, crushed or destroyed

 

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In abundance it fills the ambiance

Never withholds what it contains

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Every person you come by

Paths have crossed, wisdom unknown

 

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Don’t let it pass or go to waste

Without a whisper, heart to heart

 

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Spiky shells hide weary souls

Fragile and wounded throbbing in pain

 

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Just like you, carry own load

Seeking retreat, hurting and cold

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Wash tears and fears with a glowing smile

Extend your hands, embrace a face

 

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Reassure with a tender gaze

Delight, as you leave your scent behind

 

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Brush your surrounds with your heavenly soul

Paint grey days with rainbow hues

 

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lilac and mauve, violet and green

Red and amber, pink and blue