95 The Fig: Poems based on the Qur’an

Come to the top of the mountain

where Allah shines His reality-

there you will meet your messengers.

Let Him anoint your head with holy oil

and light the divine within you-

Ahsan taqwim.


the shadowlands

where sinful flesh

weighs the spirit down

so that it cannot rise

to meet its Master.

Oh human,

do you not see?

It is your choice.

It is suffering that shoots streams of creativity out of my heart, and the brokenness of life that explodes my heart into its soul.