Dialogue with Steady

Dialogue with Steady




In a month … maybe two… a year… maybe two

Wounds would calm down

Would ease… and go to sleep… maybe even pass away


My wound is not the same

The size of my wound

Bigger than scope of space

The age of my wound

Older than time


Good-bye years of happiness

Sweet dreams

Genuine smiles

Good-bye my life

Good-bye my love



I see you… far… far away… out of my reach…

I gasp for you

On the brink of insanity I linger

Broken… lonely… remnants of a woman I sit and wait



I see you far… far away… out of my reach…

I see you with my heart

With my soul

With my love

I see your hands

Your smile… your laughter

Your words… your voice

Your gaze… your brow



I see you far… far away… out of my reach…

Aimless… breathless… on the path of insomnia that I never took before

I race

Every step without you is blind darkness

Every move… a wobbly venture

Every blink… an aborted dream

Every heartbeat… a paradise lost

Every breath I take is a craving new wound



The night of longing has spread its wings out

Over a yearning wounded woman

Aching to see

An end

To all this pain




© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Now I whisper

Now I whisper


You are my joy and my sorrow

You used to whisper


When you smile and when you laugh

You make me the happiest man on earth

You used to whisper


When you’re hurt or when you cry

My heart is filled with grief and gloom

You used to whisper


Detached, my feelings are lifeless

A broken mirror… a scrambled shadow

You used to whisper


My feelings are nothing but a faint echo

You are my joy and my sorrow

You used to whisper




Your love taught me anguish and delight

Now I whisper


You are my joy and my sorrow

Now I whisper



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© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 





Since my eyes met with yours

I knew…

I knew it was you

The one my heart was yearning for

“Love at first sight”

They say


When you proposed

Hesitation struck

I thought… I’m still too young

I thought… I don’t know you well enough

I thought… we’ve only met a few times

I thought… I need time to think

I thought… are you as nice as you look

I thought… can you make a good husband

I thought… will you be a responsible father

 I also thought…  I like you too much already

Without knowing much about you

 I thought…how stupid of me


Later, when you told me

 That you have heart problems

I couldn’t say “no” any more

YES, was my immediate answer

 I thought…If I say “no” now

That might mean I am refusing you

For something beyond your control

I thought… illness and health

Have nothing to do with life and death

I thought…grow up girl

And live up to your principles


My parents were horrified

How could I say “yes”

 When I knew the problem

Stubborn, as you know

I insisted


After engagement

I began to realise

You are no ordinary man

Your inner beauty began to unfold

I knew I had stumbled upon

A treasure like no other

My love didn’t stop growing

Ever since





© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 






Longing to touch your face

Tell you how beautiful

Just like your soul


Longing to hold your hand

Tell you how warm

Just like your heart


Longing to stroke your hair

Tell you how soft

Just like your manners


Longing to gaze into your eyes

Tell you how gorgeous

Just like your charisma


Longing to hear your voice

Tell you how tender

Just like your personality


Longing to caress your brow

Tell you how pure

Just like your essence


Longing to lay by your side

Tell you how safe

Just like your company


Longing to nibble from your fingers

Tell you how delicious

Just like your persona


Longing to hear your keys in the door

Tell you how comforting

Just like your presence



Longing to receive your emails

Tell you how uplifting

Just like your spirit


Longing to see your number on my mobile

Tell you how exciting

Just like your friendship


Longing to chat with you on msn

Tell you how moving

Just like your love


Longing to rest in your arms

And sleeeeep

Sleep for ever


Longing to lay my head

Over your shoulders

Bury my face

In your chest

And weep


As I’ve never done before


I need to weep

And fill the oceans with my tears


I need to weep

Until the world weeps with me


I need to weep

Until The Most Compassionate

Feels sorry for me

And reunites me with you


For I am longing

To be with you




© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Like two small children


Like two small children

Do you remember that magical afternoon?

When the sun smiled at us

And like two fascinated children

We smiled back


Then, like two playful children

We ran together

Chasing a butterfly

On the hills of Windermere


Like two happy children

We wandered together

As we enjoyed our fruity ice-cream

Along the lake’s shoreline


Like two innocent children

We played together

Arranging cups and saucers for our picnic

In our secret garden


Like two mischievous children

We giggled together

As we collected the scattered petals of roses

That the newly-wed couple threw away


And like two joyful children

We laid ourselves down on the grass

Embracing heaven…

And earth

As we rolled over


Do you remember?




 © Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Let there be love


Let there be love



I am in pain


Too much pain

I don’t deny


Yet wings of joy are spread wide

Carrying me through

Lifting me high


Joy of knowing you

So closely


Joy of being part of your life

If only for a while


Joy of sharing memories

That no one knows but you and me


And if I was to choose another life

I’d choose my life with you again

And again

And again

And again


If you make a home for “love” within your heart

Despite the pain your life becomes a home for joy


Let there be love

There’ll always be joy




 © Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

In the nest of Ness


In the nest of Ness



Overlooking the rockery garden

In your loving arms

I fell asleep


Your lap

Most tender pillow

And warm abode


For how long did you hold me sitting so still?

I never even asked


Sky was drizzling love


Clouds gleaming with delight


And for a while


Peace descended


Angels snoozed


Heaven smiled



My reality…




Than the most astounding dreams





 © Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Khaled; my legend


Khaled; my legend


I plait my poem,

 Letters of heavenly fragrance

Arranging its words

 A bouquet of scented flowers

I sang its melody

Whispers of soft musk and pink amber

Pouring it down upon your heart

A cascade of lights

Tranquility and peace


I gather its pages of autumn leaves  

From the land of wonderful dreams

Adorned with paintings, sublime

Rainbow colours and Eastern nights


With a mystical thread of stars

I embroider my legendary love story

A book, like no other

A masterpiece of passion

A testimony of Divine grace

A saint’s adoration of paradise


Weaving Joseph’s coat of multicolour

Of summer’s warmth

The glory of spring

And the longing in lovers’ hearts

Throw it over your shoulders

Heavenly embrace


Then, with a child’s magical wand

Turn you into a sparkle of light

 Hide you in my heart

Cherishing and protecting you

To blossom with eternal life

That matches your name

My beloved husband



Khaled is an Arabic name which means eternal life, it’s also my husband’s name


© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

Land of sorrow

Land of sorrow


Do you remember

When I wrote my legend

With my magical wand

I turned you into a sparkle of light

Then hid you in my heart


That sparkle has then exploded

A novel big bang

A universe of love came into being

With a thousand thousand stars

Dazzling… Splendid… Sublime

If I was to divide that love

Between all creation

It would suffice and sustain


Do you remember Joseph’s coat of multicolour

I once embroidered for you

Threw over your shoulders


That coat has then expanded

Embracing me along with you

Can you feel me by your side?

That coat has been growing ever since

Holding mankind under its wings

Magical… What a sight!

In my land of sorrow

Love grows divine and tender

Passion blooms pink and amber

Beauty enchants, please remember



© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

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