At the passport office
Black, brown, and blond, coloured or not!
Curly black hair, with a hint of copper
Braded hair the colour of midnight
Blond hair of various shades
Brown hair, and even bright red!
Some have come in jeans
Some in a fancy dress
A few are wearing shorts
Someone is wearing a suit!
I see a pregnant lady
A baby too
With beautiful black curls
We are all waiting for our chance
To travel beyond the borders of Canada
Into the world
Or somewhere new
As I look at all the faces
I see the world
Assembled in this waiting room
And I hope the time will come soon
When this diversity will be celebrated
And we will all feel like brothers and sisters
Not just countrymen
Who tolerate each other because they are told to!
June 12th, 2006
Not long ago
I explored this thought
Who am I?
Who have I become?
Because we start out as caterpillars
And it takes a while
To become a butterfly
The process is long
And painful most times
But the results make it worthwhile
The cocoon is suffocating and oppressive
But those conditions are necessary
For the emergence of the butterfly
And once in the cocoon
We cant give up
We cant look back
There is no way but forward
There is no turning back
We tread the path of patience
And we persevere
And sometimes we burn in the fire of trials
The process of transformation
Is never easy
But with a smile on our faces
And with love in our hearts
We concur each obstacle
The result is a beautiful butterfly
Free to fly
Free to roam the sky
Free to visit flowers from dawn to dusk
March 28th, 2006
Its either there or not!
It cant be forced
When I write
The poem starts with a thought
I dont know where it will go when I start
Gradually the poem reveals itself
There is no exact plan, no outline
And after Im done, its truly done
It starts and finishes as I write
Sometimes my thoughts
Taken an interesting twist
Sometimes they surprise me!
My favorite is the poem that seems effortless
Its there, I dont need to force it
The rhymes appear one after one
The ideas flow like a river in the sun
Then its such a pleasure to write
Its the best feeling of all!
And after that if a friends reads it
Its icing on the cake for me
I write because I have to, its a need
But how wonderful if others read it
The circle of creation goes round and round
What I have created is re-created in anothers mind
They see things that I dont see
After all, different lives weve lived
Thats the beauty of a work of art
It evokes emotions, different ones!
April 15th, 2010
Solitude to think and write
Company to share and laugh out loud!
The blessed morn
The world sleeps
Its just me and my thoughts
Sharing, laughing, hugging, crying
Without it dying
Feeds the soul
I hear myself think
I can ask questions
Look for answers
My joy in life
Gives me energy
Each and every time
Necessary for my sanity
And peace within
Essential in life
Social beings we are
I crave you from time to time
I need you to feel all right!
April 10th, 2010
Hello everyone! A dear friend of mine suggested I start a poetry blog, and since I love to write and have a stash of poems that I have written in the past seven years, I decided to do so.
It may be interesting to note that I did not write poetry until 7 or 8 years ago. I’ve always appreciated poetry, but it wasn’t until I started reading the translated poetry of Rumi and Tahirih that I even considered writing poems. I didn’t think it was my strength or that I would be any good. I love to write, but keeping journals had been my hobby up to this point. Nevertheless, when I wrote the first poem, it was as if a flood- gate had been opened. They kept coming and coming and there was no stopping them. A few supportive friends encouraged me to keep writing. Insecure and unsure, I continued to write. I couldn’t have stopped anyway, but their encouragement meant a lot to me. Over the last seven years, I’ve written poems in my notebooks, on the computer, while at coffee shops, when traveling, etc. etc. I’m very happy to share some of my favorite poems with you in this blog. I’m glad that you have joined me on this journey. Your feedback will be very helpful for me, so please don’t hesitate to comment.
Until next time,