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Early mornings

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It’s early in the morning

It’s pitch black outside

The rest of the household is sleeping

But I’m wide awake

 

I pick up my phone 

To see what my friends are up to

Their days have already started

They are awake

 

I talk to my friends in Europe

I talk to my friends in Iran

We talk about history

We talk about art

 

In this part of the world

My friends are still sleeping

But with the magic of technology 

I’m in conversation with those who are not

 

October 26th, 2019

Can I please?

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I know I need to be thankful

But can I complain a little please?

I know I am blessed

But can I feel a little sorry for myself?

I know we all suffer in different ways

But can I ask why me?

I know life is full of ups and downs

But can I now go down please?

Can I complain about

All the times I felt I could not do the simplest things?

All the times I didn’t want to get up and start the day?

All the times I had to push myself to arrange things?

All the times I told myself to hang in there a little longer

All the times I got frustrated

And my patience ran out?

All the times I would see the long road ahead

With no respite?

At least let me pat myself on the back

For surviving this time

Knowing that I could not have done it

Without my family and friends

At least let me be proud of myself

For persevering again

 

October 1st, 2019

The Ache

 

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The ache you feel in your heart 

When you leave loved ones

The ache you can’t control, cannot stop

The ache that consumes you

Holds you in a tight grip

The ache that brings tears to your eyes

I felt this ache today

And there was not much I could do

Except accepting it for it was

The ache subsided eventually 

It would have been hard to tolerate it for too long

But it may return from time to time

Can’t totally banish it from my heart

 

June 23rd, 2019

Separation

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“Separation brings with it burning grief”

The loss of a loved one

A friend moving away

One’s children moving out

These things can cause us immense sadness

 

This is the way of our world

This is how we see things 

If we think of physical separation

 

In the world of the spirit, though

We are close 

We never leave one another

 

I will focus on our spiritual reality

When I feel sad about the loss of a friend

Or their moving away

 

We are always close in spirit

Separation has no meaning

 

May 2nd, 2019

Dancing street

 

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Dancing street is
Where I lived at in Shiraz

It was actually called
Ghasr’u’dast
The palace in the meadow
But we called it Raghs’u’dasht
The dancing street
As a tribute to the multitude
Of potholes that made us dance

It was a long narrow street
That led out of Shiraz
To the tiny town called Ghasr’u’dasht

There, at the end of a
Dead-end street
Called Zargary, the Goldsmith
My father built a house
Which seemed like a palace to me

It had many rooms
And a huge back yard
A large garage
And a multi-coloured gate
At the front

We had many dinner parties
And house-guests
My mother made meals fit
For a king
And we entertained a lot

We had guests from Tehran
The US and Africa
Some were relatives
Some were friends
And some were Baha’is from abroad

I remember walking and singing
In the grassy area of the back yard

And playing with the weeping willows
As I sang songs

This was my childhood home
Until we left Iran
It was off the dancing street
Outside Shiraz

Constant connection

 

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Once more I’ve left my cellphone at home
Once more I feel cut off from the world
I can’t reach out to my friends around the globe
I don’t know what’s happening in their world

We live such different lives now
Constant connection is what we have access to
If that’s what we want
I can talk to a friend across the ocean
As if she’s sitting by my side
I can ask her opinion
Or share a poem or a song

No wonder why I feel disconnected
From my friends
It’s amazing how technology
Has changed our lives

January 23rd, 2018

Simply grateful

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When joy gives me wings to fly
When a kind voice warms my heart
When everything seems right with the world
When I feel blessed despite the trials
I feel grateful
Simply grateful

When a good friend reaches out to me
When what I write brings someone cheer
When people come together in a common cause
When the doors open on every side
I feel grateful
Simply grateful

When it seems my prayers have been heard
When I feel healthy and content
When I can write and contemplate
I feel grateful
Simply grateful

And that’s how I feel as I write these lines
With a heart full of joy and a big bright smile
I’m feeling grateful
Simply grateful

December 17th, 2017