Sunday, 12 March 2017

I’m Holding You




listen to the breeze

don’t go back 
to useless self-talk
it’s a treacherous minefield

listen
as it covers you
in cool, gentle caresses
in the most delicate
of kisses
and whispers softly
like a lover
secrets in your ear:

what are you afraid of?
we’re all friends 
lovers and allies
there are 
no enemies here

the sky and the clouds
the trees and the breeze
the flowers and the beasts

open the gates
to your heart
tell the guards
to go home

listen 
listen deeply
and you’ll hear
our hearts beat
as one

and feel
the web of life
weaving in and out of you
into all
into me

let go 
for God’s sake
let go!

I’m holding you
I’m holding you
I’m holding you


30th august 2015

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

My Sanctuary In This World




i’m in the desert
i haven’t seen you 
for months
perhaps years
or centuries

what is time
but a potent trick
of perception
an illusion so great
we hoard it
in our bodies
as memories
and aging

trapped in time
and in body
i haven’t seen you
for a long
long time

i want 
you to know
more than 
anyone else
how much 
i’ve suffered
in this time
in the desert

crushed and broken
in excruciating pain
everyday i had to battle
an army
of devious
seductive monsters
of wrathful, vengeful
monarchs
of those who wanted
nothing but darkness
punishment and pain

i was so terrorized
at times,
at other times
so exhausted
i wanted
never to wake up
to days 
that were darker
than nights

at least at night
sleep was some respite

the days were long
and i was their captive
imprisoned, bound
unable to move
to any other
inner or outer ground
face to face with 
the never-ending demons
of an inner world

one day i would vanquish
a fiend
the next day it would
reappear
mocking me
as if to say
you thought you had conquered me
but look
here i am again

and as i burnt him
into the light
one more time
he would whisper
with confident derision
i’ll see you again

this went on for
so many days
i forgot if there had
been another time
another place
another me
another life

i forgot hope
and my most fervent prayer
i forgot how to sing
and how to savour
anything

and i wanted nothing
neither life nor death

until one day
the words exact
of my most ardent prayer
were echoed back
to me

and i prayed
and i prayed

with every painful move
and every fearful step

i prayed
most fervently

and the pain
and the shadowy army
of monsters
and fiends

started to melt
and retreat

and then i heard
news of your coming

and it was the coming
of a new army 
an army of thick 
life-giving
monsoon clouds

and suddenly 
i realized
it’s been so long
since we met

reminders of you
had flown past my
parched lips
and burning eyes
like dry twigs
in the desert sand

but now 
i sit under the shade 
of the promise
of rain
of life renewed
in this desert

of the promise 
of your presence
and your voice
and your eyes

and that which
you are
which cannot be 
seen or heard
or named

and as i wait
for your arrival
i remember
all the pain
i could share
with no one else
but you

and as i wait
for your arrival
all that pain
gets washed away
and soothed

just because i know
soon you’ll be here

and your kindness 
has been
for as long as i’ve known

my sanctuary
in this world

28th august 2015

dedicated to my beloved Shaykh Ebrhaim Etsko Schuitema


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Sunday, 26 February 2017

You Are Enough For Me




neither the gifts 
received at birth
nor skills mastered
from books 
or application

not even
the fruits
of a long and
lucrative vocation

no inheritance 
of gold
or hoarded 
stacks of wealth

no discipline 
or abstinence
of a life
dedicated to health

neither those 
with influence nor
illustrious in name

neither people 
of knowledge
nor winners 
of worldly games

not the
dearest of friends
or even kinfolk

or the closest
 of family
no,
not even those 

You are 
my protection
my refuge
my comfort 
my sanctuary

You are my nearest
my friend
my ally
my security

and You are 
enough for me

yes, You are
enough for me


15th august 2015




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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Home


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sweet Water



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My Cure

My heart wandered through the world
constantly seeking after my cure,
but the sweet and delicious water of life
had to break through the granite of my heart.
Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi [Quatrains: 1501]



Sweet Water


it’s taken all of time 
for the granite to form
but He cracks it open 
with one sure blow

when He says, "come"
who has the power to resist
and say no?

broken or burning
sinking or drowning
onward, onward
onward you go

to be stripped
and crushed
to be softened 
and opened

for “the sweet and
delicious water”
of Life
to flow


12th august 2015

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

What Your Beloved Loves




sometimes it’s the raw
heart-rending sound
of someone singing

sometimes 
it’s their silent pain,
the way they walk
with slow desperation

or put the bowl 
of prayer water offered 
to their lips
with poignant reverence

that makes you forget

that they call home 
the country
who has slaughtered
millions of your own

the country 
where people preach hate
from their shiny
loud pulpits
against those like you

you forget the
colour of their skin
their form
who they love or live with
what language they speak

you forget history
theirs
and yours

you remember 
only

that they sing
and dance
and walk
and weep like that,
whether they know or not,
because they love Him too

it doesn’t matter
if they worship themselves
or false gods

it doesn’t matter
how they pray
or if they pray 
at all

you only see
you only  remember

that the One you Love
Created them too

that the One you Love
Loves them too

and you ask yourself
how can you not love
what your Beloved loves?

how can you?


4th july 2015

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Door To Mercy


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it doesn’t matter
what your sin
how far you’ve strayed
how long it’s been

the door to Mercy
is always open

you have only 
to turn
repent and
walk in


3rd july 2015



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Sunday, 29 January 2017

The King of Kings





this world is but
a futile game
where we vie for wealth
for name, acclaim

where those really free
vanish into the ground
and those most enslaved
wear the largest crowns

and all the splendid
treasures here
are constructions of
our greed and fear

i want freedom

i want freedom
from all this
i want to be a slave
but only His

He who is
the King of kings
One Master, 
Sovereign over everything


25th june 2015
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

There Is Only Mercy

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for the one 
in submission
thorny bushes burst 
into fragrant roses

poisoned sips become 
the wine 
of the Beloved’s nearness

and ailments
cure the body, mind
and soul

to the one 
in submission

when the world
closes doors
the soul opens
to greater freedom

and the heart 
of every curse 
yields 
its luminous 
blessed pearl

to the one 
in submission
everything is mercy

this is Mercy
that is Mercy

there is only Mercy

15th june 2015

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

What Song Do I Sing?

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love is what they say 
is sold nowadays
as this and that
in the marketplace

everywhere you go
someone sells you a lie
for the hole in your heart
only Love can fill

the most sublime
of gifts Divine
the reason and
very impulse of life

sold!
for less than a handful 
of worthless coins?

all the words i learnt
thus sullied and spent 
in the rush to buy
in the rush to sell

another mirage
another lie 
at the bars
of the human prison cell

so which words do i use
what song do i sing
of my love for you,
for everything?

which words do i use
what song do i sing
of my Love for You,
for Everything?


26th may 2015


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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Home




the moon
is a bright, white crescent
suspended like jewelry
on the inky black veil
of the night

a perfect star
just below
its only companion

still, primordial
and silent
like the beginning of time

in the vast freedom
of the uncluttered sky

they’re radiant guests
at the heavenly celebration
of being
forever Home

this conference
in the sky
isn’t at all like
the noisy, anxious affairs
of humans in perpetual
fear of mortality

of which i am weary
so weary

O my Love
You who fashions everything
make me
like the moon, stars and sky

unhurried, unworried
still, primordial
and silent
like the beginning of time

at Home and
wholly and fully myself

at Home and
only and Only my Self


23rd may 2015
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Only Love Heals


for those grieving for APS Peshawar or any other part of the world

Only Love Heals

no matter what happens
don’t ever forget
life’s a miracle
and you
a miraculous being

it’s a miracle
that you can breathe
and touch and hear
and see

it’s a miracle
that you can feel

feel the touch of the sun
a kiss from the breeze

feel even what
someone else’s pain
might be

i know
your beautiful heart
is wounded
i know
your beautiful heart
grieves

you say it’s as if
those who went away were mine
you say, i’m alive but it’s as if
the ones who died
were me

feel that pain
let your heart melt, get wrenched
let your eyes weep

and if there is anger
or hatred
don’t do anything with it
just let it be

don’t harden your precious heart
don’t wander these dark alleys

remember
even just punishment
grows out of Mercy

how else would we say
Bismillah ar Rahman ar Raheem?

so whatever you do
whisper only prayers
send out only love

because only Love heals


Shahbano Aliani
18th december 2014

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

You Are The Veil



emptiness invites me
its silence is all ears

i hear a thousand 
unheard whispers
suddenly clamouring 
to be heard

afraid of what i might hear
 i want to find a crowd
something, anything
to do

but the wise one stops me
the one who’s older
than the fire belly of the earth,
its farthest star

how long?
how far?

she asks

how long?
how far?

there’s nowhere 
other than here

there’s no one
other than you

you are the veil
and the Beloved too

29th april 2015

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