To hell and back

 

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It is said to be a poet

You have to go to hell and back

The hell of suffering

The hell of hopelessness

The hell of dreariness

The hell of darkness

Why is that?

Could going to hell and back

Awaken in us emotions which we can then express in poetry?

Could going to hell and back

Teach us the humility that is required

To receive the gift of poetry?

Could going to hell and back

Burn away our impurities?

Could going to hell and back

Make brighter the colours of the world?

Could going to hell and back

Help us mature?

Going to hell and back

Seems and is awful

But if the result is poetry

What a gift

What a gift

 

December 10th, 2018

So many days

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So many days have I sat in this spot

For a moment of respite from the suffering that enveloped me

So many days, while here, have I wondered how much longer

till I feel alive again

So many days have I mourned the loss of happiness

So many days have I been revived by the kindness of friends

And as I sit in this spot again today

Feeling thankful

The rays of the sun on my face

I count my blessings

And rejoice that I can write again

December 11th, 2018

Lessons learned

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Some things in life we learn from our parents

Other things we learn through experience 

Here are a few things that I’ve learned 

 

That we can’t avoid pain in life

There is a place for suffering in our lives

That how we respond to painful situations

Is in our own hands

And that’s what will make the difference

 

That it’s OK to make mistakes

Making mistakes is part of life

And not something to be afraid of

Mistakes should be learning opportunities

Not to be dreaded and feared

 

That self care is important 

It’s as important as being selfless

Without self care we can’t care for others

Without self care we become resentful

Without self care we can crash and burn

 

That it’s important to nurture our creativity

That art counts, poetry counts

Art can be a solace in our lives

Creativity a way to unwind

That art brings beauty into our lives

Helps us heal

Helps us shine

 

December 3rd, 2018

Friendship

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Friendships can be so complicated

Actually human relationships are complicated

Why I wonder to myself

Why is that?

 

Sometimes our ego gets in the way

Sometimes we misunderstand

Sometimes our feelings get hurt

Sometimes we expect too much 

Sometimes when one person has a challenge in life

We take it as them being distant

Sometimes you need to give and not worry too much

About getting back

Sometimes you have to trust that the friendship is still alive

Even though the signs may not point to that

Sometimes we need to just reach out

Our friendship needs to be watered like a plant

But the work of friendship is worth it in the end

Because friendship is the best gift one can give

And get back

 

Nov. 19th, 2018

Collection of poetry: Collage of Me

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Dear readers,

I’ve recently published a second collection of my poems:  Collage of Me, Reflections on identity and belonging.  It’s the story of how a Persian girl who moved to Canada when she was fourteen dealt with questions of identity.  It’s available on Friday Amazon right now.  Would love to get some feedback on it from you.

 

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Complicated identities

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We need not have on category that fit in

We can have complicated identities

As a result of living in various countries

Speaking various languages

Having various roles

We can fit in many different worlds

Instead of being worried because we don’t

Fully fit in one box

We should be happy

We fit in a few boxes

That doesn’t dilute our identity

It enriches it

 

November 18th, 2018

Where are you from?

imageWhere are you from

Is a much more complicated question

To answer now-a-days

In our shrinking world

Where we move easily from one country to the next

Where staying in the same city you were born in is rare

Where are you from

Is harder to answer

 

Where am I from?

Or where have I lived most of my life?

Where am I from?

What will that say about me?

It puts me in a comfortable category

But it won’t tell you who I am completely or

What experiences I’ve had

Where am I from?

I’ll tell you where as long as you don’t

Put me in a box or make assumptions

Which are not true

Where am I from?

The answer is not simple at all

 

November 17th, 2018