Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tell me...

This poem was published in the anthology 'Cover to Cover: A Collection of Poetry' by Forward Poetry, 2013


Tell me
have you ever thought
to stop birds
and ask
how things go beyond the sky
where is it that they head to
and what is it that they eye?

And has it ever crossed your mind
to crouch down to flowers
and ask
how it tastes to be clean
with nothing to be judged for
and no sin to redeem?

And have you ever stopped 
and giggled
at all the earth's residents
shackled
on a globe of green and blue
living every day like the next
looking for more to chew?

Does it make you stop
and smile
that mothers wipe dirty noses
babies clutch on to your finger
and that somewhere, someone
spills their brain out on paper
changes the world
once in a while?

And does it make you stop
and sigh
that bullies hate on fat kids
rural villages, billion-dollar-companies shun
and that somewhere, someone
lies behind bars
for daring to think
for a crime not done?

How often do you stop
and wonder
when it'll be your turn to leave
and how
and what they'll have to say
about the mark you left behind
about the tapestry that took 
your whole life to weave? 



27 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is just BEAUTIFUL <3 <3 <3

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  3. Marvellous, and yeah, I do wonder about it all!

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  4. Beautiful and marvellous... two already perfect words used >.<

    So simply worded, thought provoking, engaging, and lovely ♥ I don't think that does enough justice to this, but still. Take it from my heart.

    *sends her heart over*

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  5. "How often do you stop
    and wonder
    when it'll be your turn to leave
    and how
    and what they'll have to say
    about the mark you left behind
    about the tapestry that took
    your whole life to weave?"

    Brilliant.

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  6. I do I do I do...especially when they're words from you!
    Loved it (insert heart like the one LnM has drawn...wait, multiply that by three!)
    :)

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  7. A most excellent poem Ghadeer! A reminder of what is truly important.

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  8. Very often, I wonder the same. :-)

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  9. "How often do you stop
    and wonder
    when it'll be your turn to leave
    and how
    and what they'll have to say
    about the mark you left behind
    about the tapestry that took
    your whole life to weave? "

    Amazing ending verse :) really enjoyed reading this

    Tay
    x

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  10. You are such a lyrical, philosophical writer. Did your education encourage this? Is it knowing more than one language and switching back and forth in your mind?

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    1. Thank you, I'm so humbled that you think so. If that's true I'm not sure about the reason behind it and how to answer your question!

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  11. This is one thoughtful and amazing poem! I am printing it out to put on my mirror.

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  12. What an excellent poem! I enjoyed it immensely.

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  13. Beautiful! Did you write this? Very talented mashaAllah!!

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  14. Why are you so beautiful?

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  15. Beautiful poem about Allah's creation dear sister...I loved it. :)

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  16. It's wonderful. And obviously, you're on my list now. :D

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  17. That's lovely poem. Makes me wonder.. :)

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  18. Beautiful and intensive poem!

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  19. I've often wondered about the last stanza. I don't know if my household will ever miss me if I'm gone, LOL! Did you make this? This is heart-warming! :)

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  20. you are a very talented writer!!
    and yes...i do wonder about those things!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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