On snowy-white, winter days
forests lay open for all to see
and amidst the logs so high and tall
hold my eyes the fallen trees
The miles pass and I stare on
shifting gaze from one to next
petrified from broken stems
I won’t forget what I’ve seen
on those snowy-white, winter days
But today in my neighborhood
I passed a bend and there it was
a fallen tree in the bud of spring
for all to see, held my eyes
And so I beg for time and place
where fallen trees sprout up again
where there will be no ill will
no form of anger and no pain
where compassion will not be maimed
where care is not turned away
where we may be honest
where we may hear the same
But here I am at present day
and the world must be just as it is
But I will love from near and far
across the seas, amidst the rain
walking, sitting, standing
from any place on this sphere
I will love—silently—my hands up in the air:
Let us all be in the Green
where the trees sprout up again.
(dedicated to Jalal Alam — Monday April 20, 2015)
Thoughts across time
You know what I learned very recently:
Oftentimes we love a person a lot, but we can’t do anything about it.
It’s either because they don’t love us back, or because they physically live far away, or maybe because they’ve passed on. But we still love them. We care about them, we long for their company, we’re just crazy about them. And they live in our heart—which is really kind of beautiful.
But this world is a moment. Allah is the only entity that’s Real. And when we die, so does our heart.
So then what’s better than keeping someone in our hearts?
—keeping them in our duaa.
Like everything else, our source of life goes back to llah, so when we ask Allah for someone’s companionship, or we pray to Him for that person, then we’ve communicated something to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. We will all die, our minds nor our hearts will last, but before that happens we’ve asked Allah for something.
And so if you think about it, more than someone being on your mind, more than them being physically in your life, even more than someone living in your heart, the strongest connection perhaps may just be that that person lives in your duaa, because the world will not last, but you duaa will remain with Allah, and only Alllah is Everlasting.