A Future’s Past

The present is filled with no stars, eyes that only see bright streaks as my lashes cannot find my cheeks, Silence so loud it screams, My shelter, filled with warm spaces that once held a lit future, now dimmed by stubby wicks and broken bulbs. Oh the days that our fingers intertwined! Many there were,…

A Friend Original

“The universe has made it so that every seven years we are born again, Stardust trickling down to regenerate our tired bodies and souls, bringing forth new hope and possibilities atom-by-atom”. -Melissa Raynoha

Ode to Finals Week

Twas the night before finals, and all through the college, The students were praying for last minute knowledge. Most were quite sleepy, but none touched their beds, While visions of essays danced in their heads. In my own apartment, I had been pacing, And dreaded exams I soon would be facing. My roommate was speechless,…

In Spite of the Tribe

…تزوّجتني رغم أنفَ القبيلةْ .. وسافرتْ معي  .. رغم انف القبيلةْ ..وأعطتنْي زينبَ وعُمَرْ .. رغم أنف القبيلةْ وعندما كنتُ أسألُها : لماذا؟  كانت تأخُذُني كالطفل إلى صدرها  (وتُتَمْتِمْ:(لأنكَ انت قبيلتي She married me, in spite of the tribe; and she travelled with me, in spite of the tribe. She gave me Zeynab and Omar, in…

Passion in a Goblet

Whoever is loved is beautiful, but this doesn’t mean that whoever is beautiful is loved. ”There are girls more beautiful than Laila, ”they used to tell Majnun. “Let us bring some to you.” ”I do not love Laila for her form,” Majnun would reply. “Laila is like a cup in my hand. I drink wine…

Alussein

I’ve gone off to dream, Who knows when I’ll be back. You’ll probably see my face within the shadows, Forever to be wondering if your addiction to this world is cause for alussein. Time shall pass & your madness will continue, But the thorns on the rose of your obsession will draw blood, And your…