اشتقت اليك


ما زال الربيع يزورك يا حبيبة، مع كل ذياك الالم؟

اما زال يرنو الى وجنتيك الجريحتين بقبلة؟

ويمسح بعطر الورد والياسمين، جدائلك المخملية ؟

اما زال النرجس يزهر فوق رباك رغم انف صانعي الموت؟

اما زال يكبر الحنون تحت اقدام حبيبك يلامسها بعشق وبشوق الانبياء للجنة؟

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اشتقت اليك يا حبيبتي، لدفئ حضنك

خذيني اليك، لا تتركيني ولا تفلتيني

دعيني اتفتت تحت دقات فؤادك، اتلاشى بين انفاسك

اذوب … اذوب حتى العدم

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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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حكاية عشق ابدية


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ذات ليلة مخملية سمراء مقدسية

دنا القمر من القمر

تعانق القمران

وبلهفة العشاق تبادلا النظرات والأشواق

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همس البدر في اذن من يهوى

كفكفي الدموع يا حبيبة

قد أطَّ لمرآها عرش الرحمن

ولآهاتك الحرَّى المهيبة

اهتزت الأكوان

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بالامس يا أحبتي

روى لنا الدهر حكاية

عن كونٍ هام بقمرٍ

عن قصة عشق ابدية

بين الخالق والمخلوق

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بين الارض وبين السما

طأطأت رؤوسها الكواكب وسجدت النجوم

بين الصخرة والفردوس

قد مد حبل من نور

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هنا قبَّلت الثرى الثريا

هنا صلى الانبياء

هنا عهد هنا وعد

هنا سعد وحبور

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هنا طافت ارواح الشهدا

مع قرع للطبول

هنا ترتيل الملائك

تقتفي اثر الرسول

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هنا صوت الحق يعلو

وهنا الباطل يفنى

وظلام الظلم يُمحى

هنا جبر للكسور

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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

Epoch told us a story

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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Topography of my soul


When I was seven,
 
At gunpoint,
 
I was driven out of my homeland, 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 weary heart
 
Standing by his side in ICU
 
“Wouldn’t I wish it was me under the surgeon’s knife”
 
“I would cope better, if I took your place”
 
Anguish unbearable, legs… jelly, I fell to the floor
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At thirty seven,
 
Gasping for life, in a hospital bed
 
Embroidering hope with a phantom thread
 
Wavering in and out of existence
 
Four years in the abyss
 
Watching in despair
 
My children growing
 
Playing alone, dressing alone, reading alone,
 
Going to bed without mama’s song or bedtime story
 
A breathing shadow
 
I linger at the brim of sanity
 
In daunting anticipation
 
Dreading the relentless daily questions of my toddler
 
“Are you feeling better, mama? Can you give me a bath now?
Can you tell me a story yet? 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 a faraway graveyard
 
Frozen, I curl inwards,
Staring at his face fractalising, covering every spot I lay my eyes upon
 
Frantically I run to me
 
Flicking through my memories
 
Searching every corner of my lost mind
 
Exhuming my heart, tearing it apart
 
Chiseling the kernel of my soul with my bare hands
 
Maybe, just maybe, I could find Khaled’s grin again
 
Meet his shadow, kiss his forehead
 
Catch a whiff of his scent around
 
Or hear one of his heartbeats just one more time
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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’m merely describing the lowest points in time and space
 
On the map of my journey, in the canyons 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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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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أنا لا أساوم


ويأبى القلب الذي استوطنته الأحزان  أن يستسلم

يتألم  بجنون لكنه عنيد  ويكابر

يقتنص  من الفرح لحظة

يطير بها فوق جموع أوجاعه

صارخاً لا . . . أنا لا أساوم

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