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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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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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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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

 

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Scatter your pearls for all who seek

Sparkles of joy, boundless sublime

 

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Awaken seeds of love, dormant inside

Watch barren hearts tremble and bloom

Be a rose

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As a child


 

Don’t ever lose your sense of wonder

Look as a child with eyes open wide

You will see

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Marvel at every leaf you come by

As you hold between your fingers

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Laugh with tantalizing raindrops

As they touch your beautiful face

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Fill your soul with glee… delightful

As you run to meet the rainbow

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Don’t ever lose your sense of wonder

Listen as child with attentive heart

You will hear

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Feel the awe as you’re filled with joy

 While you sing your favourite tune

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Swirl… twirls… jump… hop… and skip

As you chant with doves of love

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Be amazed at the joyful breeze

Blowing through your dancing hair

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Don’t ever lose your sense of wonder

Observe as child with a soul so tender

You will understand

Don’t ever lose your sense of wonder

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